1058Re: [rootsradicals] Touring
- May 17, 2007On 2007-05-17, at 3:18 PM, stakewebsis wrote:
> I have a month long Canada > Mexico trip coming up fairly soon, and II got my info from the Trek website, and from Sheldon Brown
> own a Trek 1500 with 650 wheels. I'm trying to figure out if
> getting an
> xtracycle would be the way to make the journey--I'm hoping it
> would, but
> as I said, I just don't have enough info.
> Can anyone weigh in and let me know:
> Is it compatible with smaller (650) wheels?
> Is it advisable to set it up this way?
It might fit. 650c is ISO 571mm, which is smaller than 700c (622mm)
and larger than 26-inch (559mm). The issues for you will be:
(1) brake choice.
The FreeRadical sizes differ in where they located their
brake mounts, which are intended for V-brakes, perhaps also
cantilevers. This might not work (yours is different) but
if you got (a) the disk-brake kit and (b) an inline Travel
Agent (to convert your road-brake pull into a disk-brake
pull) that will work. You would need to also buy a
disk-equipped rear wheel. Don't sweat the 650c vs 26"
front-to-rear -- you can fix the diameter difference with
a larger tire, and you'll just need to carry two spares.
That problem is solvable, then.
(2) is your frame too close-built?
The FreeRadical attaches at the "kickstand plate" (you may
not have one) and at the rear axle. This distance had
better be long enough. You do not need a kickstand, you
can use a pair of FAPs (Fat Aluminum Plate, I think it
You may be ok here because you are 12mm bigger than a
26 inch tire. You can measure this distance, someone
on the list can measure their distance, post pictures, etc.
(3) is your rear axle width correct? I thought road and MTB were
This info is available online, I have not looked it up yet,
your frame looks to be aluminum so this might be a show-stopper
if it does not fit.
Maybe someone else knows the answer to this one.
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