Reinforce the frame?
We'll be doing a RTW for several years and I was wondering whether it is worth reinforcing the bike's frame? We will be on all sorts of rattely, potholed, etc. roads and the bike will be bumped and shaken about on them.
We will be packing as light as we can, but given its a RTW we will have to take hot and cold and rainy and sunny weather stuff as well as a few spares and tools, so no matter how hard we try to travel light, some things will accumulate. (We are low on cash and so want to be as self sufficient as possible without taking a whole caravan
....the whole take only credit cards and passports is not an option for us.)
Anyways, some people say if you reinforce the frame, something else is gonna give as the force has to go somewhere. And then there is the huge hassle of taking the bike apart to be able to weld safely on the frame (without blowing the electrics, etc). - Any tips on how best to do this if we decide to go ahead?
So...... reinforce the frame to avoid what happened to Claudio on the Long Way Round? Or leave it and pack light and pray that it was light enough? Is it easy enough to weld a frame if it brakes on the go?
Your advice will be much appreciated!