Good strong steel frame is what is needed to face the harsh conditions of Africa. Here is the ride I was tweaking this weekend.
- Good strong wide saddle for comfort, for long hours in the saddle. No need for cycling pants.
- Strong carrier made from a strong 1970 fence dropper. Giving enough strength to load all solar panels and tents needed for the long road.
- Big mud guard to keep you clean from mud splatter. Added advantage of keeping carrier load clean from mud.
- Back pedal brake to free your hands up for other things like giving road signals and eating.
- Good strong bottom bracket that can be stripped and cleaned on the road. Ball bearings can be easy to source anywhere in Africa/India/China.
- Rubberised peddles to stop shoes from slipping of in harsh conditions.
- Chain guard to stop long pants from getting caught in chain. Added advantage of keeping chain clean from mud and sand.
- Dik wheel as we call it in RSA. Thick tyres that can take any road surface. This increases the load capacity to 5 passengers and one driver (As seen in Malawi). For commercial purposes it can carry up to 400kg fertilizer (As seen in Mozambique).
- Well shaped handle bars, for agronomic fit of hands. Just take care not to knock knees on bars when taking tight turns this could result in major injuries.
- Nice large space for frame bags with double top bars for strength. This can increase capacity of brick load.
Not mentioned before but all this for a really good price. There is also no time wasted waiting for spares. As spares can be sourced on most continents and any rural town. All in all a good all round bike that should be used for any bicycle adventure.
In 1992 I met a Swedish man that had ridden from Switzerland to Kwazulu Natal South Africa in a Year and a half. Stopping at villages and living off the smell of an oil rag. He did this on his steel frame bike. What an adventurer or should I call it an expedition. So no excuses when I am looking for my next riding partner in Africa.