Author: jim beam Date: Jul 3, 2008 16:13
> SMS wrote:
>> CroMo steel frame (no aluminum!!),
> Aluminum makes it easier to achieve enough stiffness for shimmy-free
> loaded riding without excess weight.
>> long wheelbase, non-compact frame,
> Sloping top tubes make it easier to mount and dismount from a heavily
> loaded bike, and they make it easier to get the handlebars up nice and
>> stronger wheels (36 or 40 spoke rear, 36 spoke front) with wider rims,
> Everything a 40-spoke wheel does, a 48-spoke wheel does better-- and
> it is slightly easier to find.
>> For a while you could get Koga-Miyata
>> touring bicycles in the U.S., but no longer. ...