My birthday is coming up soon and it means I’ll be getting some spending money from family and I’m debating picking up a 36".
I currently have an Ebike, 29", and 24" I use to get around on my day to day but have gotten into bikepacking and uni packing this summer.
My Ebike doesn’t have enough range to make it worth doing some multi day trips, and my 29" I can average about 15-16kmh and 13kmh on my 24".
Most of the touring would be light gravel (not anything is call muni but some patches you need to slow down and watch your handling) or road with minimal hills and looking at 75-100km days. I have not gone out on a multi day uni trip but did take out a folding bike I sold earlier this summer on a few trips and did enjoy it quite a bit. My uni trips have been overnight trips so far.
Most of the fun comes from seeing pretty nature, getting a good but not feeling like I’m dying ride in, and some camping time away from the city.
Also I have a preference for uni over bike just because it’s more fun to me. I did have a 36" I bought last year that I sold as on one of my first rides on it after getting used to 125/150 cranks I put 100s on it and fell off with most of my weight going into one foot and was limping for a few days. This scared me a bit as if I’m doing a gravel ride and fall from a higher distance and sprain and ankle I viewed that there was a larger risk of injury.
I know that having tiny cranks with no brake was stupid, but it put me off the 36".
So I’m looking at a few things.
Getting a handle for my 29" to increase my speed overall as I find I’m at the point where I have the skill to properly use it now.
With the remaining birthday money, do I want to look at another ebike battery or a 36"? A battery would give me about 240km of range total and an average speed of 25kmh for about $900 CAD. A new 36" UDC trainer would be about the same cost, and I can always look at something used
For those that go uni packing, what would you take for the above terrain in terms of wheel size? My 29" has a 3" tire with 100/125/150 cranks so it is quite versatile to different terrain.
4.Would a 36" work on bumpy gravel? Am I overstating the risk of injury if I did ride with 150mm cranks or 125mm? What’s a reasonable average speed for a 36" when doing long days with a 20lbs pack? Would the difference in speed be worth getting another uni as I am quite well practiced on my 29".
As an alternative I was toying with the idea of get a custom 29" V frame built as well, but I think a handle would give the same effect for less cost.
Please note that this is also me looking for an excuse to spend the money and I’m just trying to get feedback and thoughts of others to see if this is a rabbit hole worth going down. I’m quite happy with my current fleet and consider my 29" my adventure vehicle and my ebike to be a car replacement to get around my city easier on days I don’t want to uni.
The 36" would mostly be for trips and wouldn’t be used to commute as I feel more safe on the 29" when riding next to cars (Yay north america).
Lots of thoughts above but I’m excited to hear your thoughts. Please let me know if this makes sense as in typing this before bed.