11 comments


  • Daruka

    When you say weight and gearing limitations, do you mean weight the bike can carry? or the actual weight of the bike?

    March 23, 2011
  • @Daruka The weight the bike can carry.

    March 23, 2011
  • Ken Harris

    An alternative to pants and shorts are hiking pants.You can get them in light cotton or poplin. Love mine for commuting in. Longer distances, you might want the bike shorts w/padding but for walking around, on the train, these would be great for temp changes in spring and fall, day and night.

    March 23, 2011
  • When plotting cycling touring on my Brompton I found this site to be really useful.

    http://mistymornings.net/travel/equipment/bab/2007/bromptons.html

    The other thing I have found really useful it using a Klickfix bottle holder on the handlebar raise tube. Saves precious space in the bags.

    HTH

    J

    March 23, 2011
  • RGZ

    Gear comments aside, you’re entering, it would seem, into a whole new realm of possibilities. You can train to an area, use that as “home-base”, tour around that area as you wish, and instead of miles of “in-between” riding, just go to the next area. Fewer or same miles, but see more places.
    I purchased your book and really enjoyed it. I do most of my traveling by m/c for my own reasons, but traveling is traveling, it’s more an attitude than anything else. Make sure you get to New England and Eastern Canada this time. Check out La Route Verte in Quebec.
    RGZ

    March 24, 2011
  • Russ, in your quest to drop weight are you ditching the kettle for boiling water? Have you found a way to lighten your coffee brewing load?

    March 24, 2011
  • doug in seattle

    Re: gearing

    Have you considered getting a hub-gear that also supports a cassette? Like so:
    http://www.sturmey-archer.com/products/hubs/cid/8/id/58

    This would allow you to have lower and higher gearing with a smaller cassette. Note, I have no idea if this hub would actually work with a Brompton!

    March 24, 2011
  • Galen,
    We’re keeping the kettle :) Life can’t be without some luxuries. Our touring coffee kit as follows:

    12oz Insulated Klean Kanteen
    GSI Haulite Kettle
    Hario Slim Mill Coffee Grinder
    GSI H2JO (works with KK but not perfect match)
    good beans

    Best,
    R

    March 26, 2011
  • Doug,
    The 6spd Brompton actually runs a variation of this hub. SA created a special wide range 3spd for Brompton called the BWR that holds to cogs (3×2=6). Its fairly wide range at 303% and is just about perfect for 95% of the terrain we encounter. It’s just that grueling 5% up steep grades where it would be nice to get something a little lower.

    Best,
    R

    March 26, 2011
  • Russ, thanks for showing us the Big Agnes; it looks pretty nice! Love the light weight. I Googled it, and it’s kind of expensive, but probably worth it.

    March 31, 2011
  • Russ, thanks for showing youw amazing camping pictures. Looks like a wonderful time.

    May 30, 2011

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