Shorter Shake Down Trip !!

Discussion in 'Travelling, Commuting & Safety' started by robin bird, May 14, 2010.

  1. robin bird

    robin bird Member

    Well Tuesday and Wednesday will be a short shake down trip testing out my trailer and all the gear that will be used on June 1st start for my proposed 1200 mile trip to Fort St.James.Probably will do 120 to 200 miles. I will take pictures and keep you posted. To save money i decided not to buy panier carriers.
    Our rip off B.C. government now charges $30 a night at Provicial Parks--so ill be camping only at free sites .
     

  2. Lazieboy

    Lazieboy Member

    Sounds cool

    I Wish i did'nt have to have the obligations of work. Have fun:cool2:
     
  3. robin bird

    robin bird Member

    Iam planning a motorized bicycle trip up to 1200 miles-- to Fort St.James and back--but on a shake down trip i and my friend got soaked going over the Richter pass from Osoyoos B.C.20kms south of "our" motel.. We drove wet then almost time to camp we stopped in Hedley a real wild west town!! http://hedleybc.com/ it has a high altitude townside hanging off a cliff edge. I met a lady there who with her husband are owners of the local restaurant. She took all our wet clothes and put them in her drier and gave us 2 cups of coffee. We then camped out at a wilderness type campsite--we were the only ones there--then on to Princeton B.C.
    Unfortunately my friends Chinese engine broke down (mine is a Subaru-Robin 35cc). i did all i could but he needed parts. So we parted and he pedaled 16kms then hitchiked and pedalled about 30 miles total back to Oliver
    I learned that im buying 2 front pannier racks to better balance the the bike and on gravel roads a trailer is somewhat of a hazard--i have a 1 wheel Bob trailer-so im also getting a back rack--for 1 pannier for mountain gravel roads.
     

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    Last edited: May 21, 2010
  4. Lazieboy

    Lazieboy Member

    What chinese motor did your friend have,and what broke. Poor guy actually had to pedal and for a long ways.:(
     
  5. robin bird

    robin bird Member

    My friend had the Happy Times Zoom Cycles Vancouver 80cc--burnt out condensor--it got filled with water from the intense storm.I had a new one in Oliver--hes running now!
     
  6. robin bird

    robin bird Member

    Here are a few more trip pictures.
     

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  7. Slackbiker

    Slackbiker Member

    You and Augidog are travelling to truly amazing places (Hedley!), and you're enduring some pretty tough weather; impressive. I alter my plans to seek sunnier days.
     
  8. augidog

    augidog Banned

    yeah man...Robin Bird, you are getting out there, no doubt...and the weather looks like it's own adventure too...whoo, good stuff...glad i found this and had a read...thanks :cool:
     
  9. robin bird

    robin bird Member

    My short trip was fine but the longer Fort St.James trip got screwed up --the weather was solid rain for many days until almost the end of June --so i tried leaving the last week and by then the traffic in the south was too heavy due to a big car show and increased tourist travel, from Keremeos to Princeton the shoulder is very narrow and non existant. I then tried back country gravel roads but the Bob single wheel trailer setup makes the front of the bike too light on gravel-also i had the Specialized puncture proofs on so they are a smooth tread but fast.So i took a short holiday and came back to the motel-i had to be there for July and August its so busy -and wifey needs a hand- iam going to attemt it again in September - October and start at Merritt B.C. --bring the bike on my truck -the shoulders are wide and paved all the way to Prince George and kids will be back in school -few tourists and light traffic--also didnt get my front suspension panniers organized but now have found a Quebec supplier for $129 a pair--just saving now --less weight on the trailer and more on the front end and a front knobby tire should make gravel roads better --or eliminate the trailer altogether -i since got a good rear pannier attachment so this could be done --just go real light. Will make postings then.
     
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2010
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