You just owe me your first born child.
Ari, the BOB philosophy was who I was 10-15 years ago, the past 5 or so I kind of lost my way into the corporate world. APUG and now iBOB appear to be signposts that I'm heading in the right direction.
Some weird and wonderful alternative bike ideas... http://www.sonic.net/~ckelly/Seekay/...bike_stuff.htm
Here's one that site left out; https://www.ktrakcycle.com/index.html
And belt drive with an S.A. hub looks like something with some real merit for an urban bike; http://www.deltacycle.com/product.php?g=69
Just discovered this group. I like things I can understand (at least a bit!), why is why I don't like computers or cars (modern ones,anyway). Most of my local photography is done by bike. It's amazing how much gear you can carry. I've been cyclng since I was about 5 - around the same age I discovered photography.
Hi, I'm in too. I bike to work daily and it is my primary means of transportation in the city. Once a year I usually take a long bike trip vacation - this year (just last month) it was about 1000 km in Scotland, two years ago through Poland and the baltic countries up to Tallin, three years ago in the south of Sweden, 4 years ago from Copenhagen to Berlin. Next year is still not decided ...
Not sure about that belt drive. It means you can only have hub gearing, and if the belt snaps you have to hope there's a supplier nearby, rather than being able to repair it as you can with a chain.
True, and a belt and an internal gear hub isn't something I'd choose for myself, unless I was looking to build up a bike that required no maintenance (a myth, I know), and woud be pretty much impervious to the elements. But I think that's the sort of use they have in mind.
I looks like it could be the same sort of belt used for automotive timing belts and such. If so, for use on a bike, it should last for a very long time, even accounting for exposure to sun and smog.
It's probably heavier than a chain and sprockets, but perhaps not that much heavier, though every gram counts.
The idea that you wouldn't have to worry about rain and grit is appealing.
See my latest photo on the right. I never worry about grit (or rain for that matter). Simple maintenance is the answer, clean and oil the chain regularly. I don't use dry lubes, I find they clog up faster than simply using a fine oil and don't offer as much protection from the elements.
Andy, out of curiosity, how come you don't ride a road/racer?
I used to Ari, but about 35% of my riding is on unmade paths and tracks. A tourer can do it but struggles. I may get another tourer sometime, if I do it'll be a Dawes Galaxy. I may even get a full hybrid like the Dawes Discovery 601.
What wheels does it have Andy?
Both the Galaxy and the Discovery take 700c tyres. If you mean my current ride it has 26" double wall mtb rims.
Mine has 700*35 tires, I guess of the "hybrid" kind, smooth in the center with mtb-like line of ridges at the sides. I ask, because, as more experienced, maybe you could give me a frame of reference. How does your current bicycle do on road and on paths? Is it fully mtb with heavy ridges and all?
I went light dirtjumping today. I need to get my derailers adjusted.
Just don't hurt yourself Marko before going on the trip. Photography and cycling need healthy people!
Ari, the tyres on mine are Schwalbe City Jets. They are a semi slick style, excellent on the road and good offroad on paths and tracks so long as it isn't deep mud. The bike has a rigid frame with no suspension. Suspension adds weight and takes energy away from the pedals. I get all the suspension I need from an after sale fitted suspension seatpost and my Brooks saddle.
Ari, I use a tire similar to what you describe on the back my foul weather bike. On the front I have a "city" tire, similar to the one Andy references, I think it's 700x28 or so. It works quite well in light sand and packed dirt, the sort of surface that would be common for bike paths. Much better than my skinny tire bike. You would probably do fine with city tires, I use the cyclo-cross tire on the back to deal with sand mixed with ice and snow on pavement and steep hills, which is what we have in the springtime here. Tires similar to Andy's link would likely be quite a bit lighter than what you have now, which will be a big improvement in the amount of energy you use to power the bike.
Ok, I've decided on a new bike. Should be able to order next week: http://www.ctcshop.com/product.jsp?style=87547.
Previously I had not considered the Dawes Horizon because it had an aluminium frame, which is not the best choice for a touring bike because ally frames have a harsher ride than a steel frame. Also if you are touring and you damage the frame, an ally frame cannot be easily welded. However, I discovered today that the 2008 Horizon has a steel frame. Which means I can get a good quality tourer for nearly £400 less than I had reckoned!
Looks nice! Reynolds tubing and everything, the rigidity of aluminum is nice sometimes, but steel sure is comfortable.