Bicycle racks versus a “BOB” trailer -- I guess the decision had to be made!!
If I did racks, I have to either buy another bicycle or rebuild my old Klein due to its rather dilapidated (and abused) parts. I have a rear rack for the old Klein (creative frame mod to make work many years ago) and could yank the front suspension fork and substitute a normal fork that could be modified for a rack too. But let’s be realistic – it’s all too much work!! Also if I wanted to cruise off-road with the bike (I am bringing knobby tires with me as spares -- remember the "detours" aspect I alluded to earlier), I would have all these big racks and big pannier bags in the way. The other big negative is the space limitations imposed by all the bags. Plus I will admit it now – I LIKE my front suspension fork!
“BOB” YAK Trailer:
With the BOB (Beast Of Burden), I can either do the titanium road bike or my newer Klein mountain bike as the mount for this ride. I get to keep my front suspension if I ride the Klein. I can easily carry knobby tires to change to for detours. Plus I can ditch “BOB” at anytime and cruise and have fun in the evenings running to town, etc.
I still remember my brother heading out on his attempt years ago – he had 70 pounds of gear stuffed in all the racks and panniers on his Bridgestone mountain bike. It was so heavy that nobody could pick the thing up! It was dubbed the "tank" -- or at least that is what I thought personally. Unfortunately with all the weight on the frame itself, it was very unwieldy and not much fun to ride. (I tried it in the driveway at home!) Even with a super small 20-tooth front chainring and 32-tooth rear cog – it took effort to ride up the hills.
The easiest solution of course -- its “BOB”.
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Two weeks before - Welcome to "BOB"
One week before - Panic time!
The trip begins! (Bellevue, WA to Sequim)
Awesome sights to be seen (Sequim to Sapho)
The longest day (Sapho to Ocean Shores)
Casual cruise to pavement pain (Ocean Shores to Raymond)
I survived the bridge!! (Raymond to Ft. Stevens, Oregon)
I talked with a real bicycle tourist! (Ft. Stevens to Cape Lookout)
Hills, hills and more hills (Cape Overlook to Newport)
It was slow going today (Newport to Florence)
Kickback, relax and just surf (at Honeyman Camp in Florence)
Time to escape the convention (Florence to Bandon)
Sputter, misfire, detour... and a new direction (Bandon to Brookings)
Please turn off the fog machine!! (Brookings to Prairie Creek Redwoods, California)
Keeping it simple (Prairie Creek Redwoods to KOA in Arcata)
Enter the 'Avenue of the Giants' (KOA in Arcata to Weott)
Running on empty (Weott to Leggett)
Back to the Pacific Ocean (Leggett to Van Damme SP at Mendocino)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Van Damme SP to Stillwater SP)
Just another simple day (Stillwater SP to Samuel Taylor SP in Bodega Bay)
What were you expecting -- Baywatch??? (Samuel Taylor SP to Half Moon Bay SP)
There actually is sunshine in California (Half Moon Bay to Sunset Beach in Watsonville)
Sleeping in late means a late start huh? (Sunset Beach SP to Pfeiffer-Big Sur SP)
Riding above the clouds (Pfeiffer-Big Sur SP to San Simeon SP
The ranger told me that I probably wouldn't want to camp here (San Simeon SP to Oceana SP)
I see cracks!! (Oceana SP to El Capitan SP near Goleta)
Are we there yet? (El Capitan SP to Leo Carillo SP near Malibu)
The “City of Angels” in one day (Leo Carillo SP to Doheny SP at Dana Point)
The end has arrived (Dana Point to San Diego)
Personal Gear Review
Review -- Planning and Maps
Would I do it all again?