Options, the bike
Originally Posted by DougieB
So... I have been through a few bikes since this first post, and found my ideal.
I tried the whole MTB thing. short chain stays (bad for panniers), and you need to upgrade the chainset to make it more long road friendly (£££). and the position is just not 'long haul'.
What is ideal
for one is not for another...
I'm considering the Great Divide Route... so I would like
26"wheels - easiest tyre to get anywhere
S&S couplers - for easy of transport around the place
Front forks - say 100mm coil sprung
Disk brakes - less hastle with mud, more stopping power
Steel frame - less likely to be damaged..
chain stay lengths around 450mm ... pannier clearance
Orlieb panniers - water proof + reliable...
At the moment I have for consideration
Thorn Ripio Thorn Ripio Frame & Mt Tura Fork Review - BikeRadar
Gunnar Rock Tour Wilber Force: Gunnar Rock Tour and a rant.
What is the cost of a coat of paint?
Salsa Fargo2 Salsa Cycles | Bikes | Fargo 2 Frameset
(yes it is for 29".. but fitting 26" to it would not be difficult.
maybe better building one myself?
I have an old 1990's MTB - chain stay length 430mm, no suspension. I find that with luggage a bit flexable. It has been around Tasmania, south island of New Zealand and unnumbered MTB trips ... looking for the next bicycle. The other bicycle is a carbon framed roadie, nice for a days ride.