South America Tour
- Hey Radical Rooters,I'm leaving (have mostly left) my post at Xtracycle. I've enjoyed the ebbs and flows and am very excited for the company's continued growth and look forward to staying active on the road with updates, photos, etc.I wanted to get any/some advice on long distance touring gear. We're starting in Ecuador (Guayaquil) and trekking north to a permaculture farm to work for about a month (repeating this flow through Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay... flying to Columbia and finishing in Panama).The bikes:Me: 22" Surly Big Dummy (2009), SnapDeck, new FreeLoader bags, KickBackWife: 52cm Surly Long Haul Trucker (2011), Surly Nice Front/Rear Racks, Ortlieb bagsThings still in question are:tires — wife has Continental City Contacts that came standard, but I'm worried they might not be robust enough for the low grade roads Latin America is known for. Thinking about the Continental Travel Contacts for their robust sidewall protection. I'm swapping out my Hookworms and building up new hoops. Currently I have a pair of unopened Schwalbe Supremes 26" x 2" but there's very little nobbiness to speak of on the edges and researching touring blogs everyone seems to have some sort of edge knobbies (and are usually on busted, rural roads).camelback vs h2o bottles — have both, know that having nothing on the back is great, but instant water access also rules.dyno front hub — I have a Son dyno front hub that I could lace up with the new rims, but am I just asking for trouble trying to bring a water sensitive component along?Most everything else is figured out, sure there's more, but any help is greatly appreciated.Cheers and ride on!Rick
- Yep, that's been my latest and hopefully last solution: a 'mag'
flashlight with the new LED 'bulb' and a rechargable battery. It has
all metal housing, rubber gaskets, and three light settings: BRIGHT!!,
not so bright, and blink. It's supposed to last about 4 hours. The
problem is the housing that attaches it to the bike is still on the
privative side--needs a quick release. This thing really turns night
into day! It has to be as annoying for oncoming traffic as those
stinking halogen car headlights.
> While it has the same problem as some headlights with beams hitting other in the eyes, normal flashlights are cost effective waterproof (and often crashproof too) solutions. I use the twofish block to attach mine to the handlebar.
> Also very handy to have a proper flashlight at home or when travelling. Bike lights are usually not very handy due to their shape.