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    Here, here.

    Size as much as weight led me to a Nano from an admittedly way-too-large for biking Clark deluxe. Complete rig w. generous tarp compressed into 24oz both by weight and volume.

    Bu, you can't post such fine and rare piks without a few labels for the gear!! Not just the tarp: who built that wood shelter you found to protect from UV ?

    And unusual, to me, mounting of additional water bottle(s) on the bike fork. Nice balance for rear. Do be aware, too, that around 1950 TdF riders mounted their bottles on the handlebar. That's still possible.

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    I've towed a trailer with 16" wheels and one with smaller wheels. I prefer the larger wheels. It seems the larger wheels roll easier and take rough roads better. The smaller wheels can be lighter but that can be offset by the additional work to deal with less than perfect surfaces. Like everything else I think there is a trade off.

    Edit: If you are talking about smaller profile tires but the same wheel size then my post is moot. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.
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    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DemostiX View Post
    Do be aware, too, that around 1950 TdF riders mounted their bottles on the handlebar. That's still possible.
    I have found for the drop bars and shifters used for road racing the handle bar water mounts work and I used them for years. But with the touring bars and the display panels that they often put on the bars to show gearing now I don't see a bar mount working _for me_. I have my light there and there is no more room. I have used an under tube mount for a spare bottle but the geometry has to be right to allow that to work. Now I like riding with a hydration pack over water bottles anyway. So for me the question is moot.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    I've towed a trailer with 16" wheels and one with smaller wheels. I prefer the larger wheels. It seems the larger wheels roll easier and take rough roads better. The smaller wheels can be lighter but that can be offset by the additional work to deal with less than perfect surfaces. Like everything else I think there is a trade off.

    Edit: If you are talking about smaller profile tires but the same wheel size then my post is moot. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.
    Not smaller in diameter. By wheels, I mean rims and by tires I mean rubber. What I wouldn't give for a 16' set of ALX Comp Tri wheels with Kendra 23c tires but I doubt they exist.

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    might these work?
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    might these work?
    ohh man i would love to get my hands on those... the bike racks on the buses keep wrecking the true on my wheels

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    Thirty some years ago I got a set of Shimano Low Flange Durace alloy hubs paired with Mavic 28mm alloy rims for Christmas. My fiance... now wife... could not figure out why I was so excited. Silly people.... don't know a good thing when they see it.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

    "Bless you child, when you set out to thread a needle don't hold the thread still and fetch the needle up to it; hold the needle still and poke the thread at it; that's the way a woman most always does, but a man always does t'other way."
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    MtnDragon--my hats off to you...sweet sweet go anywhere rig!
    If you have to carry a pad I'm sure you've thought of the NeoAir...the med size would fit somewhere in your kit for just in case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MedicineMan View Post
    MtnDragon--my hats off to you...sweet sweet go anywhere rig!
    If you have to carry a pad I'm sure you've thought of the NeoAir...the med size would fit somewhere in your kit for just in case.
    Thanks MM, I have a borderline unhealthy obsession with that bike. I have looked at the NeoAir, but I have a collection of air sleeping pads (BA, Thermarest, etc) that all have slow leaks in them, and I have given up on the whole airpad thing. If I need a pad because I am going to ground, I am most likely in an area with sharp things on the ground (desert, above treeline) and no longer trust myself with an air sleeping pad.

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    MtnDragon-did Eric do your frame bag? I'm still waiting and waiting but I know it will be worth it....nice frame too, that's something else i'm waiting and waiting for.

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