What equipment is needed

Discussion in 'Touring and recreational cycling' started by hazahl, Feb 4, 2005.

  1. hazahl

    hazahl New Member

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    I'm planning a biketrip for the first time in my life - since I have cerebral palsy. Just bought a new trike, but ponders over what equipment to bring? Any advice is welcomed!
     
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  2. EmmCeeBee

    EmmCeeBee New Member

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    I don't know if you're in the US, but I hope we pass on the road sometime. I'm chomping at the bit for springtime to arrive....

    Here's some excellent links that will give you a good cross-section of opinions. I'm not sure what you're looking for -- bike equipment, tools, camping gear, clothes, food -- but there's a lot of resources out there based on some pretty experienced tourers. You can spend days surfing these sites..... then decide for yourself how deep into it you want to go.

    http://www.kenkifer.com/bikepages/
    http://phred.org/~alex/bikes/
    http://webpages.marshall.edu/~rinscoe/bikesite/html/bike_links_body.html
    http://www.faughnan.com/touringbike.html
    http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/forum/?o=as
    http://www.tailwinds.org/general/packing.html

    -- Mark
     
  3. hazahl

    hazahl New Member

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    Thanks for your answer. I'm located in Oslo but plans to bike all over scandinavia this summer. I have been quite a lot in Helsinki, Finland also. When I posted the message, I really thought most about bike equipment - I must be able to i.e. fix a minor punctuation on the road and so on. I can only travel with very limited luggage as I can't hang panniers over the front wheel. Two batteries take up space there. They power a small engine buillt into the front wheel to give me extra power up very steep hills. I have one bag attached to the seat sitting between the rear wheels and its about 30l. big.

    And I do hope I meet you one day, Scandinavia can be recommended, but I have also been to the U.S (Seattle) and I liked Washington State much, so I might come back when I have got a new passport!
     
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    Hey Hazahl,

    I recently saw this story on someone's blog about Eduard Thompson who has cerebral palsy and biked across the US in 1999. He has a trike. I would think he would have some specific tips for you that might be helpful on touring and equipment. Perhaps you could contact the journalist who wrote the story on him to get his contact information. He sounds like an avid cyclist and pretty amazing.

    http://www.hbl.org/ (scroll down just a bit to get the story)

    Good luck on your tour!

    Knox Gardner
    www.bikenerd.blogspot.com

    PS. I'm glad you liked Washington as it is my home.
     
  6. hazahl

    hazahl New Member

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    Thank you for the reference to the article about Eduard Thompson. It's not often I struggle to keep tears away while reading the internet - this time I did. The correct link is to the above mentioned article about Eduard Thompson I believe must be: http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2004/Nov/16/ln/ln11p.html
    I'm buying ekstra equipment little by little and the collection is allmost complete. This the second bike I have in my life - had one when I was a small child too - and have been reading about bike maintenance a lot. (A good book is "Simlple bicycle repair" by Rob van der Plas).
     
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    stokell New Member

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    Sounds like a really interesting rig. Do you have any photos you can post? I'd like to see it.
     
  8. hazahl

    hazahl New Member

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    This is the best picture I have so far showing the batteries and the controlunit (black box on top of front wheel). The Power Assist Engine is built into the front hub of the wheel. It works on demand. The man in the picture is a close friend of mine - I took the picture!
     
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