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have revised the configuration of my Shogun Prairie Breaker (#236).
I have optimized it into my definition of a go anywhere, do anything
day tourer. I have been using it as part of my folding Alite 400
"Tin Tent" touring package. With the bike inside and a
kayak on top of my Mazda Tribute, I have been on several very enjoyable
excursions into Eastern Ontario. I set up camp at a lakeside campground
and paddle or pedal as the mood takes me (see last picture).
New riser handlebars with some sweepback. These are much more ergonomic
than the l straight, flat Tioga originals.
*Replacement of faulty XT front shifter with new Alivio unit. This
involved a "bossectomy" of the original component (see
picture) and has enabled me to retain the original excellent XT
"Servowave" brake lever.
*New, rather portly Bontrager Satellite 26X1.5 tyres. Rated at 80psi
max, I have found that 60-65psi gives a good compromise between
rolling resistance and flotation for all surfaces -including gravel
and off-road trails.
* Seatpost mounted Rhode Gear rack; sufficient for mounting a small
bag containing camera, binoculars, cell phone, food etc for the
* 1L "Kleen Kanteen" stainless steel water bottle and
* Finally, a honey Brooks B17 saddle.
a very happy convergence. For long road distances particularly in
headwinds, I would still prefer my Urbanite (#125)
-- but only just!