[Yak] NWT vs. Llama
lindrom at yahoo.com
Fri Oct 24 11:21:03 CDT 2008
I too did the C&O on a NWT (and the GAP) between Pittsburgh and DC. It worked great except for the use of a two wheel trailer on the C&O. But that is the same issue for either the NWT or PL. I haven't ridden the PL. I use 1.35 Primo Comets as tires. I did carry a spare tire, but didn't need it. The idea of being able to get a wider "Walmart tire" for use in a pinch would be nice, but unless you are in a really remote part of the world. I have to believe ordinary conservative planning should work in that regard for the most part given the somewhat increasing use of recumbents with smaller and thinner tires. The only time I have really felt wider tires would be a benefit was when I was on some Texas gravel roads where the gravel was sharp and pointy and about 2 inches in diameter. Smaller than that I have felt fine with the Primo Comets. I have only had one flat due to punctures in about 5k miles.
Then again, if the PL takes wider tires and doesn't add much weight, I think I would do that, even if I used the thinner tires. I know I have more than a couple pounds of personal "spare tire" I could lose to easily compensate for that bit of added weight. Then again, carrying a spare tire for the NWT wasn't a big deal either.
From: "alonzolamont2005 at comcast.net" <alonzolamont2005 at comcast.net>
To: Vik <threeohm at gmail.com>; yak at bikefriday.com
Sent: Friday, October 24, 2008 10:28:23 AM
Subject: Re: [Yak] NWT vs. Llama
I haven't ridden the PL, but I just took my NWT up the C&O Trail to Cumberland, MD. (wanted to get to Pittsburgh), and it rode great. No problems whatsoever. Made me love the bike even more.
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From: "Vik" <threeohm at gmail.com>
> Hi folks,
> I'm working on a spec for a BF travel bike and am down to two models - the
> NWT & Llama. I'd be using this bike for loaded tours mainly. I like the
> ability to run wider tires on the Llama, but I'm not sure it's something I
> absolutely need. I'm concerned the NWT would handle better and don't want
> to give that up for tire clearance that I may not use. Assuming the
> handling of the Llama doesn't give up anything in terms of ride/handling to
> the NWT I'd probably go for it so I could run fat tires if I wanted to down
> the road.
> I won't get to test ride either model so I thought I'd ask this group what
> your thoughts are on the NWT vs. Llama question?
> Safe riding,
> vikbanerjee at gmail.com
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