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Anyone ever lightly toured on a crank forward bike?

Old 07-25-10, 01:28 AM
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Anyone ever lightly toured on a crank forward bike?

I was wondering how a fuji saratoga 1.0 or a SUN 21 speed ruskin would work for small tours (like 300 miles over a 5 day period ) at a time? Would be moteling it. . .

I know they are lower ended bikes - but I thought I'd ask. I know the saratoga has 2 water bottle mounts, and a front and rear rack can easily be added. It uses 26 inch tires.

I'm not as familiar with the Ruskin - I know it is 700c tires.
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Of course you can... the Saratoga though cheap is a decent enough bike. there's people who ride brevets on crank forwards. It just depends if you are loading down your bike or not, I would say to make sure to get some sturdy wheels if you are going to pack heavy.
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I've been asking myself this same question about Electra bikes like the Electra Sport 105. They're just so fun to ride, but I wonder how they'd handle my 100+ mile days... and the hills... loaded.

The only thing I can look to is recumbents for comparison, but pedal forward bikes don't enjoy the decreased wind drag like recumbents.

My feeling is, while it would be a whole lot of fun to try I'm not sure pedal forward bikes were meant for all that distance. Perhaps they're best just for tooling around town and recreational riding... but man are they great for that.
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I did an overnight from Chester County,. PA, to Cherry Hill, NJ on a Trek Navigator. The bike did fine on the flat terrain.
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There are a few journals in the "crank forward" category on crazyguyonabike:


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Sweet, thanks neilgunton, will have to check out the crazy guy journals.

@thehistorian, the trek navigator is not pedal forward. At most it would be classified as having "relaxed angles" but it's definitely not pedal forward.
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