/ New tourer/cyclo-x bike ?
I currently have an Airborne Ti road bike, nicely speced out with carbon forks, Ultegra triple and some sort of blingy wheels, about 6 years old and lightly used. However deeply unsuitable for touring [and UK as doesnt take mudguards] no pannier mounts, rim brakes etc.
So, probably sell the roadie [any ideas how much ?] to fund a new beast. Or would it be worth cannibalizing it ?
Any recommendations of a nicely speced, not too heavy bike that would be good for touring, the odd dirt road maybe, some epic adventures definitely !
The Ti bike is from 'back in the day' when I lived in Texas and was married. Now [happily] a single parent in Lancashire.
However I was obviously spoilt to the finer things; reviewing the bikes on offer built up I am suprised at the low end groupos used on what is sold as the top bike.
Guess I should of started with tourer vs cyclo-x too? I want robust quality and light weight....
Budget is 'flexible' as it is mostly window shopping and education at this point.
I'm thinking of getting this : Cannondale CAADX 5 105 Compact 2012 Cyclocross Bike
I have an On-one Pompetamine with the Shimanno Alfine 8 speed hub. I really like it although I would warn you that their customer service is the worst I have ever experienced.
I am 175cm tall and 71kg. I think it was the medium which seems fine although I turned the stem upside down to get more raise on the handlebars.
Oh dear - how did it go so wrong? PlanetX/On-One have been helpful to me in the past buying bits and bobs from them and I'm thinking about getting an OnOne mtb.
They took my money, they didn't order a bike. I alerted them to this but they forgot again to order the bike. I alerted them to this, they forgot to order the bike. It arrived 6 months after I paid for it with the wrong tyres. They sent me replacements (free) but they were the wrong size and didn't fit so they then sent me a third set which finally worked.
I ordered and paid for the bike in July 2011 and got it in December 2011.
The big advantage of buying from Hewitts is that is includes a proper fitting and there's nothing that helps on a long ride than having a bike that fits. The only other bit of advice is to not over-do the 'ruggedness'. Some of the 'expedition bikes' sold are stupidly heavy and are horrible to ride unloaded. A good touring bike is fun to ride, but stable loaded, adequately strong, and with good clearances for larger tyres, mudguards, heel clearance on rear panniers, widest range of gears (20 to 100+ inches) and front forks that can take front lowriders, which are great for spreading any size load (not only big ones) on a touring bike. Not all tourers / cyclecross bikes have this versatility.
Many people think the wheels in particular have to be heavy to be bomb proof, but again this is wrong. Wheels have to be well built to be bomb proof and Hewitts are the best wheel builders out there. Overly heavy rims and tyres just kill the fun of riding, and by your description of your past bike and rides, I'm assuming you enjoy the riding, rather than just plodding along on a bicycle.
I also have one of these and can recommend it. Not done such long trips though, but it's served me very well. Will take mudguards and racks. (I too changed the saddle!)
how tall are you? I have a lemond poprad disc that i might be willing to part exhange with you for your titanium thing. It's a lovely bike and will take a rack. Google it for the spec ( I have put a triple on it). Trouble is i am 6 foot, so our bikes might not fit each other
that sounds good. no support?
> that sounds good. no support?
I use a Carradice Bagman rack that clamps onto the saddle rails, which you just sit the bag onto. However, looking at the bag design I reckon an internal frame from perhaps old tent poles or even a wooden dowel would work really well and reduce the need for the external rack.
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