Touring - KHS Tourer
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I picked this bike up for $50. It is a 23 inch frame(don't know cm) When I stand over it the top tube just meets my crotch. Is this an acceptable clearance for touring, would have to much of a problem when stopping. It feels comfortable now, but after riding a bit I wonder if it will still be ok.
01-12-07, 01:54 PM
Looks very cool. I would agree that it is a touring bike because of the cantilever studs and what appears to be 36 spoke wheels and long chain stays. The frame is all lugged and uses Tange tubing, nice. Build it up and you would have a rather out of the ordinary bike. Too bad KHS doesn't have a tourer in their current catelog. Well, maybe they will next year, KHS is always a good value.
23 inches is the equivalent of 58.42 centimeters. This is a large-ish bike and I would imagine it would be for someone in the 6 foot tall range. I think you're on the small side for this frame in terms of standover height. But more importantly is how you feel about the length of the top tube. Is it too long? Do you have trouble reaching the handlebar? Bikes of this vintage usually had a shorter top tube than the bikes of the present. This is in your favor. I don't think the standover will be a problem. When you come to a stop on a bike you lean it over to one side and put one foot on the ground keeping your other foot on the pedal and your butt on the seat. I think you should be able to do this with this frame.
01-12-07, 02:26 PM
Great $50 bike, but it really doesn't look like it's been used for touring. I couldn't imagine touring without fenders and front/rear pannier racks.
It looks like it's been set up as a road bike.
My experience with touring is that you need to have a little space between you and the top tube just for very pragmatic reasons to do with front lifts etc.
Mind you, if you are only going to use it for spinning....
01-12-07, 02:38 PM
Looks like its missing a front brake. You should get that seen to if you plan to keep riding the bike.
edit: and crank, chain and shifters!
All the other parts where put into a box. Has Suntour barend shifters, rear and front deraillers also. The front brake was also in the box. It also came with a Brooks B-15 saddle. I started to put it all together this evening, will try to finish tomorrow, then will post new pics. It also has front and rear racks, and Cannondale panniers and a handlebar bag. I think I did good with this purchase.
01-12-07, 06:12 PM
My 2 cents: depends on what you mean by "just hits your crotch." When I stand over my touring bike, the top tube just hits the crotch of my pants and I can feel the contact a little. However, I can pick my bike up and have 1.5 inches of clearance before it hits my pubic bone. I think this is plenty of clearance if you like your bike on the large size.
BTW, great score. I really dig the bike and you got if for a killer price.
I could just feel the top tube also, I was wearing my mocassins when I was standing over it. I put my mountain bike shoes on and I have about 1 1/2 inches of clearance.
01-12-07, 06:37 PM
Definitely too big for you...I happen to fit a 23" frame very well and would be happy to take it off your hands. I can be at your place in an hour...;)
How are you getting, by osmosis
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