I'm planning a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway from VA to NC, about 540 miles and my plan is to camp along the way. In May I did the 340 mile Great Allegheny Passage to the C&O Trail from Pittsburgh to DC Ride (videos) and used rear panniers only and stayed at Hostels, Camping Cabins, one night at a hotel and even one night at a bike shop in Hancock, MD:
I know that the weight distribution on the bike wasn't the greatest but I didn't carry a tent or cooking supplies so the weight was very reasonable. I coverted my Schwinn Home grown hard tail to be more of a rail trail crusier:
My road bike is a Torelli without a single braze on to mount anything and it is the bike I intend to use on the Blue Ridge Parkway ride.
After doing some research I found that I can get a front rack that will mount on these bikes but they are not optimal typically being low rider racks. My other option would be to get a BOB trailer and tow everything. I'm pretty sure that my wife would murder me if I suggested getting another bike (I have 6 now) so investing in a touring bike isn't an option. The cons I see of the BOB trailer are weight and the ability to carry the bike if I need to which I did on the C&O Trail. There were stairs in a few places and one set withont a bike rail.
Your experiences and recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks - Johnny P - Be Self Propelled