Gearing up the bike and me has been progressing nicely over the last week.
With the fitting of:
Tubus (German made) racks: a Logo Rear to the back, and a Tara Lowrider Front to the..err... front ;)
I had to use a Tubus adaptor for my front forks, as she has no eyelets mid way down the forks.
But they were both easy to fit and feel very sturdy.
There is a bit of debate over whether low
-rider or high-rider front racks are better for cycle trekking, and after seeing the advantages of a friends high-rider (you can mount additional gear on top of the rack, plus support the weight
of your inevitably overloaded bar bag) I was keen to jump camps from my low-rider experience. But you can't always get what you want... Tubus don't make a high-rider, and they are recommended by every cycle-trekking site I have read; they are steel, so like the bike frame steel/alloy issue, can be repaired by low-skilled welders and are much less likely to fail than alloy. The alloy low-rider on my Ridgeback flexed an uncomfortable amount when touring around Britain, and was by no means overloaded.
Low-rider people say they are the best-choice due to lowering the centre-of-gravity of your packed-out-bike, and aiding steering. I'm not too convinced about that, but it is the best option available...
So a lowrider I remain...
I also fitted a pretty cheap (proudly German Engineered!) wired speedo, which I can't see lasting till my August departure date never mind through the Amazon. "You get what you pay for" rang through my head whilst fitting it ;)