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Originally posted by thisguyrighthere
I suppose I would take my loaded touring bike. It's built to carry weight on or off-road (it's essentially a cyclecross bike with panniers) and geared wide enough to climb that load up some steep grades. Bike generators are nice to have for radios, phones, appliances etc... and because I have been stuck miles and miles from civilization with it on more than one occasion I have run flat tires as well as the standard patch/tire change supplies.
I've had to fix everything from blow-out breaks, snapped spokes, derailleur explosions, frame failures, and more out in the middle of nowhere without much for tools so I'm too worried about the bike ever becoming unrideable. The life of randoneur riding.
My only concern would be the eventual rusting of the steel frame. Aluminum wont rust but if you crash and bend aluminum you cant bend it back without seriously damaging the overall structural integrity of the bike.
I wouldnt even consider grabbing my cross country hardtail or my full suspension downhill bike or my carbon road bike or anything else hanging in the garage.
For me the loaded tourer is the way to go. They're designed to ride around the world over and over. I think I can escape a few miles North to the White Mountains with one.
Originally posted by argentus
Agent T! good to seeya....... you can build your own trailer for likely less that the cost of purchasing one,