Loaded for an all day island ride.
This is my LHT, not loaded. Weater proof bags I made and my old tires for fenders. This is my 6th winter car free and loving it!
Hey thank you!
I make them out of canvas and leather. A one time treatment of bezwax and neetsfoot oil wil make them weather proof for years and years! They can breathe so your damp stuf wont get smelly. The chain stay has leather over it that I sewed onto it. Need a special bag?
I want to add my praise to the heap, Mechanicaliron. They look great.
This morning was the maiden voyage for my new Randonee. I went 32 miles and enjoyed the ride - it felt good. I'm waiting for Tubus racks for front and rear (the Cosmo and the Nova) and I'll put my panniers on it and send an updated picture. I've put on SKS fenders, and I'll be swapping out the bottle cages. I'm looking to take it to Ireland in May for a 2 week tour.
Last edited by billwatson58; 03-14-09 at 03:05 PM.
Bikes are fun. And better.
very nice billwatson 58 .what part of ireland are you thinking of touring,im on the northeast coast,thinking of doing some short camping trips in may , here in ireland maby up north not sure yet .to test the gear for my three week tour of normandy/france.
I don't have a definite route but I'm thinking my starting/stopping point will be Athlone as I have cousins there. From there, I'm thinking of heading up toward Achill Island, down to Galway, Berra peninsula, Cork, then back to Athlone. I've got two weeks, and was thinking of going the hostel route vs camping. Any and all suggestions would be most welcome. thanks!
Bikes are fun. And better.
to be honest ,im ashamed to say i dont know ireland by bike,except up my part of the country which is , louth.meath ,and parts of northern ireland.but i can tell you if you get the weather theres no finer place. athlone is wright smack in the middle ,so you can basically go whatever direction you choose .anyway i hope you have a great time if you do come.
Alright well I just finished my first tour (3 days from Boston to New York during my spring break), so here's my touring rig as it stands now, though it is a work in progress.
The bike: A pre-1993(has Suntour components) Bianchi Osprey Lugged Chromoly Framed MTB found last year on CL.
Swapped out: saddle for Specialized Avatar, Tires for Schwalbe Marathon Plus 26x1.75, Brake Pads for Kool Stop Dual Compound black/salmon pads, bars for nashbar trekking.
Added: Ergon grips, duct taped Magellan Meridian GPS, 3 water bottle cages, rear rack, 2 wald steel rear grocery baskets (that's right, I'm touring with these 7lb babies, though diy trashcan panniers are probably next), autozone reflective tape, planet bike hardcore fenders, blinkies.
Last edited by thehum; 03-16-09 at 11:29 PM.
Oooh. Cromo, mtb, Suntour, lugged- tasty combo there. So you had a nice bike under you, how was the trip?
No huge handling issues with so much piled on back and only a water bottle up front?
Last three days on a bike trip to Oregon from Northern Cal. Got rid of my back pack and tied all the gear I wanted to the rear rack with rope and bungee cords found along the way.