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Re: Best bent for a tourer
« Reply #25 on: August 08, 2010, 06:49:01 pm »
I rarely use the train, what I do, quite often, is chuck everything into the back of my very small car (Ford KA) and then spend 4 or 5 days somewhere new before setting off and repeating the action.   I do have a bike rack which I use occasionally.   Has anyone used something like that for a 'bent?   I guess there won't be a problem with a folder.

I might add, that I'm starting to get really quite worked up about this, thanks to all the help.


Re: Best bent for a tourer
« Reply #26 on: August 08, 2010, 08:30:34 pm »
I don't own a car, but the buyer of forementioned Nazca Pioneer turned up an Audi TT (first model). I didn't think it would fit. It did, after removing both wheels and the rack. And I think also the rear mudguard.
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Re: Best bent for a tourer
« Reply #27 on: August 08, 2010, 09:31:39 pm »
Not owning a car, that's something I've only thought about superficially, but most recumbents are, by nature, a single rigid pole with stuff attached, which is going to be significantly more awkward to fit in a car than an upright (which tend to have useful bendy bits and removable wheels that change the overall length).  If it works at all, it's going to be either with the aid of a big car, or some time-consuming spanner work.

I can't imagine the majority of bike carriers are very recumbent-friendly, either.  Roof-mounted is likely to be the best approach.

There's a lot to be said for folding, in this context.  The nifty fold of the newer Trices, while perhaps suboptimal for trains, is clearly a massive win for sticking-it-in-the-back-of-a-car purposes.
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Re: Best bent for a tourer
« Reply #28 on: August 08, 2010, 09:41:42 pm »
One advantage to trikes:  roof bars and a three toe straps.  Though I understand some people dispense with the roof bars and use a big roll of gaffer tape  ;D

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Re: Best bent for a tourer
« Reply #29 on: August 09, 2010, 01:21:11 am »
I've had my Ice S trike on a rack on the back of a Ka
It was about twice the height  ;D

Re: Best bent for a tourer
« Reply #30 on: August 09, 2010, 07:29:40 am »
i have had my trice part folded on the rear bike rack of kevins d teks car  :). with the new fold it might be posable to fit it in back seat area of your ka  :thumbsup:
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Re: Best bent for a tourer
« Reply #31 on: August 09, 2010, 07:55:12 am »
I got a Trice Q into the passenger seat of a Smart Roadster....  :smug:
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Re: Best bent for a tourer
« Reply #32 on: August 09, 2010, 10:11:21 am »
SWB 'bents will generally fit upon standard bike racks on cars - take the seak off and my SMGT fits on a normal roof rack mount - the swing arm clamps the main tube and the wheelbase is the same as a diamond frame. Equally I have seen it mounted upon a rear carrier.

markg0vbr

Re: Best bent for a tourer
« Reply #33 on: August 10, 2010, 08:57:40 pm »
Bacchetta Giro or a trike.
i have the giro 26x26 light and fast i use home made seat bags with mine.
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for heavy or long distance touring the trice q is the stead of choice, the most relaxed i have ever been on a bike. 

robD

Re: Best bent for a tourer
« Reply #34 on: August 11, 2010, 11:06:23 pm »
Well personally I really like my Challenge Mistral, I got it from David at Laidback, who I'd recommend without hesitation.   With the voyager rack it could carry four panniers though I can get everything I need for camping in two.

I do sometimes wonder whether larger wheels might make me a bit quicker over rough ground, but it's a full-sus bike and it's very confortable.

Last year I went from Beaune to Barcelona on it, via the Massif Central, and this year from Auxerre to Agen, both 1000km+ trips that the bike handled confortably.

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Re: Best bent for a tourer
« Reply #35 on: August 14, 2010, 11:06:55 am »
Great trip reports, robD - and fabulous photos.  :thumbsup:

Thanks very much  ;D
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Re: Best bent for a tourer
« Reply #36 on: August 14, 2010, 12:39:57 pm »
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I do sometimes wonder whether larger wheels might make me a bit quicker over rough ground, but it's a full-sus bike and it's very confortable.

I ride a Toxy ZR (20" wheels) and a Speed Ross (rear 700C) and the former is very dodgy on rough ground at speed, it rattles and skates around and, if cornering, jolts the bike upright so you can't take the corner - had a few near misses because of that.  The SR is fine even with no sus so long as you don't use narrow tyres.  So probably the answer is Yes.
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Re: Best bent for a tourer
« Reply #37 on: August 16, 2010, 07:30:38 pm »
Hmmm!   Spoiled for choice I think.   I've been away for a week and as I was heading to Thetford, popped into Little Thetford to visit D-Tek only to find it closed.   My fault, really, should have phoned ahead.


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Re: Best bent for a tourer
« Reply #38 on: August 17, 2010, 08:10:21 am »
Hmmm!   Spoiled for choice I think.   I've been away for a week and as I was heading to Thetford, popped into Little Thetford to visit D-Tek only to find it closed.   My fault, really, should have phoned ahead.



Kevin does ask that you phone ahead.  He seems to open on request.
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Re: Best bent for a tourer
« Reply #39 on: October 10, 2010, 08:54:21 pm »
I'd say either a Catrike Expedition or if you a want a two wheel, an Optima Lynx.