Went touring this weekend on my single speed 1985 Trek 420. 44x18 gearing worked out to be perfect for the trip...Florida, so the only real hills were a couple of steep bridges, though we did get into some rolling hills about 50 miles out so that was a lot of fun. I'll upload a better pic once I sort through my camera, here's a cell phone pic for now.
I got to use my Topeak Bikamper tent too which works well as long as the weather stays above 40 degrees or so
Bikes: Surly Ogre,Surly Long Haul Trucker, Schwinn Le Tour Elite
I really like this Terry. I also like the drops with bar end shifters. I got my Ogre last summer and have its first loaded trip getting planned for a combo of the Prairie Spirit Trail in Kansas and the Katy in MO next summer. I went with the stock tires that came with Ogre and it is a nice ride of forest service dirt roads, a little spongy on the pavement when I use it for my commute but a fun ride either way. I'll post a pic when I get it loaded up. It will be a different feel thatn my LHT loaded I am sure! Good touch with the Yellow bar tape to match your panniers
Bikes: Salsa Vaya, Specialized Roubaix Team Saxo, Fisher HiFi29er
Originally Posted by duckbill
Very nice set-up. I like your fenders. Can you tell me who makes these?
Sorry but I just saw this. The fenders are Planet Bike. They couldn't take much bigger tires than the 700x37 WTB pictured. I just picked up SKS 50 Longboards that should work with the Conti 42s I plan to use this year
Well just to give you guys and gals a good laugh...
Here's my first "touring" bike
I ran that cheap bike all over Florida. I've camped, toured, and had an absolute blast on that stupid bike. I was pretty inspired by Fred Birchmore and decided to 'just do it'. Well, I did it. After a couple years, it prompted me to buy this bike:
And that's the bike I'm riding today (Novara Safari). I'll definitely take the easier route from now on, but don't let anyone tell you that you need a touring bike to tour. Just a bike and the ability to keep pedaling.
THIS was a common occurrence on the old bike:
That's me sadly approaching an old railroad bridge near the end of the Withlacoochie bike trail in Florida knowing full well it'll be a long walk up.
It might not have been ideal, but nobody had more fun than I did!