First Tour Equipment

Having only ridden one overnight tour previously on mountain bikes we really have no touring experience or knowledge of what equipment to use. The only rider with a touring style bike is Ken who had just purchased his Litespeed Blue Ridge.  Tim is riding a Cannondale racing bike that had to modified to accept a rear rack. Kelley will be on an old Schwinn bicycle he purchased at a bargain. 

Tim will have to stuff fenders under road caliper brakes that are not made to accept fenders.

Kelley's bicycle will prove to be a bad choice before the tour is complete. But with our lack of touring experience who knew.

The bikes would only be outfitted with rear panniers and a trunk. This will have  much of our weight on the rear tire. Combine this with 23mm road racing tires and you are in Flat Tire City.