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Rating equipment
« on: April 12, 2010, 08:08:29 AM »
Here's a question for the folks that have allot of miles under there wheels, What is the cheapest piece of equipment that out performed your expectations and what is the most expensive piece of equipment that under performed what you thought it should? I know allot of people especially those new to touring have a hard time deciding what level of components are "good enough" for long distance riding like LX vs XT etc. So what IS good enough?


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Re: Rating equipment
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2010, 11:53:41 PM »
Frankly, I can't think of any equipment that out performed my expectation and were cheap! I certainly was impressed by a bunch of equipment but none of them were cheap! In the other hand I had some expensice stuff that didn't last!

But here is the list of the equipment that I had been using for ever

- Schwalbe Marathon XR (22,000km is my record with an XR)
- Brooks B17
- Ortlieb back-roller
- Sun Rhyno Lite rim
- Teva sandals
- Chariot trailer
- Sapim Strong spokes (just like Stephane, never broke a spoke with those)
- Cateyes computer (I have a 12 year-old model and it still works beautifully, the magnet is all corroded and rusted but it doesn't matter still works with precision)

Expensive and NOT for touring (learn it the hard way):

- Shimano derailleur XTR (I found a great deal, so i figure hey let's get the best! Bad idea! believe me XTR is for road bikers. stick to LX and XT)
- Continental touring tires (not nearly as good as Schwalbe), with them I got much more puncture and the tire cracked much quicker where the rim is in contact with the tire.

What about you LHT, you didn't give tell us anything? You have enough miles behind you, don't you?


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Re: Rating equipment
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2010, 01:10:48 AM »
Agree with Tony spend a bit more on your equipment. My XT and LT group set on one of my bicycles have lasted 10 years, around 12000 miles *).

It is not worth the hassel to go cheap, like this fella over on CGOAB. Yes he had a great trip from the top to the bottom of the world. But on a £60 bicycle he didn't get far before it started to break down. Rack, panniers and tyres to name a few bit that failed. And reading his post he did strugle a few times to get it repaied.

Honestly for me that is just too much of a headache to have when touring, especially if you can avoid most of that by spending a bit more at the start.

*) I had a few years off my bicycle in that period but was never the best person to clean or maintain it.


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Re: Rating equipment
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2010, 07:53:42 PM »
I rode the Transam Trail with a guy on a used mtb he got for $5. just sayin