Monthly Archives: July 2014

Rear pannier sewing

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A Sunday of sewing. Finished the outer on both. The rest should go ok. Need to decide what add on I  want on one side of each. Also made my little hip bag again to give to a friend who wanted one in trade.

DMR Bikes Vault pedals

DMR vault pedal for bike touring

4 tours of riding clipped in. Two with SPD & road shoes and two with the LOOK style SPD-SL and road shoes. But I think I’m done with that. Not throwing them out, just swapping them out. Next tour I’ll try simple platforms and one pair of shoes for riding and walking. More mobile, less cloppy. I ride platforms everyday already I just hope its good enough for a loaded bike up hills.

The Vault pedal is large, light, comfortable, grippy, way stronger and stiffer than any plastic BMX pedal. The concave shape feels good underfoot. Installs  with a 6mm.

Over the years I’ve tried many brands to find a great platform, so has Joe at BMW. He had a pair of these and i borrowed them for a few days. The feel of the concave and the greater surface area are what sold me.

Tools: 6mm, 2mm for pins

 

Beto Rear Rack

beto 700c alloy bike rack

Ever since I bought my first touring bike I did not know what brand the rear rack was that I picked up at the same time. The shop gave me a deal on a rack from the discount bin. It didn’t have a name.
While looking around for ideas I found it and learned the brand name it’s from. Beto. Never heard of it but they make a good rack. I’d probably just keep using this but the struts are a tad short to clear the fenders after I move up in tire size.

Pedalingo eBook

Pedalingo-Ebook-NEW

I’d like to visit many more places I’ve not been to in this country before I go over seas to tour in Europe or somewhere over an ocean. I daydream about doing a tour of Scotland next after next. And I might just do that. But I could also tour south, and go very far and find many places I’ve never been. I have little interest in paying airfare to ride my bike. So the thought of Latin America as a next after next is a good possibility. But I don’t speak Spanish. There is a lot I think about that but finding this book, and blog is helpful.

More: elpedalero.com