Sunday, May 22, 2011

6 Transcontinental Bicycle Ride Elements # 4 of 6

Of all the essentials for saving time and frustration on a transcontinental bike ride, 6 elements are most important:

This article is # 4 of the 6. The subject is proper equipment.

Wheels and gearing are the most common sources of trouble on extended tours.

Use wide, Kevlar-belted tires and wheels with strong alloy rims, 14-gauge spokes, and high quality hubs.

Choose a 27-speed drivetrain based on a triple crankset and a 9-speed cassette.

You must be able to pedal at 75 to 90 rpm no matter what the terrain or wind conditions. The lowest gear should be in the 20- to 30- inch range.

Thank you: Bicycling Magazine’s 1,000 All time Best Tips. Edited by Ben Hewitt
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