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The Bicycle / A touring wheel that can carry heavy load
« on: July 01, 2011, 02:38:38 PM »
Well, I seem to be carrying rather a lot just above the belt and in my panniers. So my double eyeleted Mavic (A319) 36 hole rims are cracking (again).

So I need to build a new wheel that can carry me, and more.

I hear that tandem wheels with 48 spokes are the way to go. What do you recommend? It should be able to take a 9 speed cassette, 700c, 135mm axle spacing and take 35-40mm tyres.

South Pacific / Suggestions for bike touring in New Zealand
« on: April 15, 2010, 02:18:26 PM »

We are heading out to Australian and New Zealand in Oct/Nov this year. We will have cycling friends to guide us in Oz but we will be on our alone-some in NZ.

We are not scared of some hills and a bit of off road (e.g dirt track, hard packed gravel) and would rather be off the main roads. Can you lot recommend some cycling maps and route for the south island in New Zealand ?

We will have around 30 days and have found out that 30miles a day is our ideal touring distance. We will be starting in Christchurch and finishing there too. Not really keen on the tourist traps, as in we would cycle past a church and say it look nice but do not take the guided tour.

Anyone recommend some a nice remote location to see, campsites to use etc ?


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