I have been challenged with the logistics, planning and preparation for the just under 900-mile bike ride from Denver to Minneapolis my son and I have planned on May 17. This is also my son's mothers and his girlfriend’s birthday. That was not planned; it just turned out that way. Originally, we were going to start on May 10, but a variety of issues supported a week delay.
Their analysis and planning for all possible issues are much more complicated than I thought. At first we started by purchasing my son a bike. While he has my old Cannondale SR400 and a Cannondale Quick 5, these are not bikes I would consider for touring. So we purchased a Jamis Quest Comp. An all steal bike with a solid Shimano Sora derailleur, SRAM 9 speed 11-28 rears and FSA Vero triple (50/39/30) front.
|Jamis Quest Comp|
I have a Fuji Roubaix 2.0 that is not ideal for touring stock, although I have beefed up custom front and rear wheels. I maintain it myself for basic maintenance so it is in good shape. I did take it in for a full overhaul and they informed me I had a cracked frame. The crack was small at the crank. Fortunate, Fuji has a lifetime frame warranty for original owners. So they upgraded my to a 2013 Roubaix 1.5, although I had to pay $250 for moving all the parts onto the new bike.
|Fuji Roubaix 1.5 with the original wheel set|
So with the bikes operational, I had to think about gear. Basically there are two options: panniers or trailer. This took minimal thought, as you can’t even mount panniers on my bike. So I researched trailers and ended up with a Bob Ibex for the trip as opposed to panniers
|Bob IBEX trailer|
Now time to focus on food and water, parts, tools, route and camping equipment.