Author Topic: Fully Loaded - Touring Bikes  (Read 131703 times)

Kim

  • 2nd in the world
Re: Fully Loaded - Touring Bikes
« Reply #650 on: June 25, 2018, 09:02:18 pm »
can you use those bottles on the move?

Normally I have a tube attached to one of them, clipped with a magnet to the bottom of the seat.  The banana bags got in the way of that.  Since I was only riding to/from the station, the bottles are both empty.
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JennyB

  • Old enough to know better
Re: Fully Loaded - Touring Bikes
« Reply #651 on: June 25, 2018, 09:23:07 pm »
Couldn't you get those panniers a lot power and closer when you don't have to worry about heel strike? Probably need a custom rack though.
Jennifer - walker of hills



Kim

  • 2nd in the world
Re: Fully Loaded - Touring Bikes
« Reply #652 on: June 25, 2018, 10:40:18 pm »
Couldn't you get those panniers a lot power and closer when you don't have to worry about heel strike? Probably need a custom rack though.

Absolutely, but for a ten minute ride on a bike that shimmies alarmingly with a camping load, I opted for the simplicity of not adjusting the pannier fixings from their positions for my touring bike.

(There's also some entanglement with the arm of the rear disc brake that means a large pannier isn't entirely sensible with that rack anyway.  In the real world it usually just carries a rack bag, but front rollers are occasionally handy.  The proper solution would be an aerodynamic tail fairing, of course.)
To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

Re: Fully Loaded - Touring Bikes
« Reply #653 on: June 26, 2018, 08:49:33 am »
The "proper solution" might have been to use your touring bike! Now you've gone to all that trouble, we're expecting you to, like, you know, race and win something – preferably something shiny! (a glow of satisfaction will do)
The earth is vast and beautiful and contains many miraculous places. (Chekhov)

Kim

  • 2nd in the world
Re: Fully Loaded - Touring Bikes
« Reply #654 on: June 26, 2018, 11:33:46 am »
http://forum.bhpc.org.uk/2018-round-8-york-sport-village-sunday-24th-june_topic6740_post63038.html#63038 refers.  Hence the presence of a magic hat.  So far I've won some sunburn and an asthma attack.
To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

Re: Fully Loaded - Touring Bikes
« Reply #655 on: June 26, 2018, 12:54:41 pm »
You are being modest. You may not have technically won anything but you have podiumated – shake your bronze banana with pride!
The earth is vast and beautiful and contains many miraculous places. (Chekhov)

Re: Fully Loaded - Touring Bikes
« Reply #656 on: June 26, 2018, 01:14:41 pm »
This came up on my flickr feed - Thanks to beqi

D72_2551 by beqi, on Flickr

D72_2308 by beqi, on Flickr

mcshroom

  • Mushroom
Re: Fully Loaded - Touring Bikes
« Reply #657 on: June 27, 2018, 08:23:56 am »
Is that concentration or terror in the second pic Kim? ;D
Climbs like a sprinter, sprints like a climber!

Kim

  • 2nd in the world
Re: Fully Loaded - Touring Bikes
« Reply #658 on: June 27, 2018, 10:50:53 am »
Is that concentration or terror in the second pic Kim? ;D

A combination of both, I think.
To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

Moose57

  • Hippopotamus scandere potest colles
Re: Fully Loaded - Touring Bikes
« Reply #659 on: July 20, 2018, 10:55:11 pm »


Two chums and I on recent ride to Paris, I had Carradice the others aggreed it was the best and most practical.

Moose57

  • Hippopotamus scandere potest colles
Re: Fully Loaded - Touring Bikes
« Reply #660 on: July 20, 2018, 11:12:32 pm »

Re: Fully Loaded - Touring Bikes
« Reply #661 on: July 21, 2018, 08:24:34 am »
the slower you go the more you see

Re: Fully Loaded - Touring Bikes
« Reply #662 on: July 22, 2018, 07:14:05 pm »
Back from 2 days in Fife. Needs a slightly longer stem (already fitted), the canti brakes are garbage, and the cheap sjs panniers fell apart, but other than that it handled it well. Now I know that it fits and is comfortable enough over longer distances I feel happier about investing a few quid in it. Wheels, brakes and panniers will be first on the shopping list.


bludger

  • Randonneur and bargain hunter
Re: Fully Loaded - Touring Bikes
« Reply #663 on: July 26, 2018, 12:16:53 pm »
Bike from the tour the other week.



I wouldn't normally have this much crap on the bike for a tour but I needed to take some semi posh clobber with me to europe.

All the bags are from Planet X PODSACS aside from the red drybag which is from overboard. And the 'small' saddlebag which is botranger.

The small saddlebag just held tubes!
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Re: Fully Loaded - Touring Bikes
« Reply #664 on: July 26, 2018, 02:58:59 pm »
That's a big Podsac under the seat I assume?

Model name/price?

Have you used it much?

How do you rate it?

Oscar's dad

  • Cheers!
Re: Fully Loaded - Touring Bikes
« Reply #665 on: July 31, 2018, 02:29:06 pm »

Porkins

  • Formerly Nick H. And a long time ago etc, Eurostar
Re: Fully Loaded - Touring Bikes
« Reply #666 on: July 31, 2018, 02:47:01 pm »


Crikey! That is some extreme bikepacking! The rear pack looks like some sort of hideous giant insect. Are there any downsides to having the weight there?

Eta: and that would seem to be a Topanga Diamondback with Biopace...so it must be very old, but it's in beautiful condition. Pls tell us the wheel and tyre specs.

Re: Fully Loaded - Touring Bikes
« Reply #667 on: July 31, 2018, 05:09:38 pm »
In terms of weight, I'd wonder about the steering effect of full large panniers (they look like standard rear panniers, but maybe they're not) on the forks. Did you get much fork flop? Was the steering very much slowed?
The earth is vast and beautiful and contains many miraculous places. (Chekhov)

ElyDave

  • Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society member 263583
Re: Fully Loaded - Touring Bikes
« Reply #668 on: August 01, 2018, 11:57:35 am »
all this, and more



has gone into these, plus a water bladder behind my head.  Seat cushion absent as I was just test fitting the panniers.  The rear strap is actually better not on the rack (that space is now taken by a spare tyre anyway) but hanging off the back of the headrest/seat



Off on hols tomorrow
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

Re: Fully Loaded - Touring Bikes
« Reply #669 on: August 01, 2018, 04:17:53 pm »
all this, and more



has gone into these, plus a water bladder behind my head. 
But surely taking your own wine rack on holiday defeats the point?!
The earth is vast and beautiful and contains many miraculous places. (Chekhov)

ElyDave

  • Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society member 263583
Re: Fully Loaded - Touring Bikes
« Reply #670 on: August 01, 2018, 09:39:24 pm »
Just means I can bring more home :thumbsup:
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

Kim

  • 2nd in the world
Re: Fully Loaded - Touring Bikes
« Reply #671 on: August 06, 2018, 09:10:57 pm »
From the department of location, location, location:

To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

bludger

  • Randonneur and bargain hunter
Re: Fully Loaded - Touring Bikes
« Reply #672 on: August 06, 2018, 09:15:40 pm »
That's a big Podsac under the seat I assume?

Model name/price?

Have you used it much?

How do you rate it?

I've actually done a review on it - check the parts and accessories section.

Long story short yes they're terrific!
Bikepacking bargain basement: reviews of high value kit great for the tourer, bikepacker and randonneur on a budget

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Re: Fully Loaded - Touring Bikes
« Reply #673 on: August 06, 2018, 10:40:36 pm »


Crikey! That is some extreme bikepacking! The rear pack looks like some sort of hideous giant insect. Are there any downsides to having the weight there?

Eta: and that would seem to be a Topanga Diamondback with Biopace...so it must be very old, but it's in beautiful condition. Pls tell us the wheel and tyre specs.

The rear saddlebag was a bit of an eyesore, but there's next to no weight in it, just a sleeping bag. Bike handles great with all the weight low down up front. Really surprised with it to be honest considering its humble beginnings. Got some Ortlieb Front Rollers on the shopping list and with a bit more experience/practise with packing I'll hopefully lose a bit of bulk from the saddlebag too.

Yep, an all original, barely used 1991 (I think) Diamondback Topanga for the princely sum of £17 off ebay. They're the original wheels (Exage hubs, unknown single wall rims). The cups and cones are looking a bit pitted so wheels are on the shopping list too. The tyres are 26 inch Halo Twin Rail 2.2. Not the first choice for a touring tyre, but I had to have fat gumwalls for the hipster points, and these were within budget. They're pretty fast rolling and comfortable and with a shot of Stans in the tubes they've yet to meet the fairy. Tempted with some Compass Rat Trap Pass when they wear out though.

Porkins

  • Formerly Nick H. And a long time ago etc, Eurostar
Re: Fully Loaded - Touring Bikes
« Reply #674 on: August 06, 2018, 11:13:30 pm »
Seventeen quid! I think you've won the thread, and ebay, and the internet.