Touring - Specialized Sirrus for Touring?
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11-12-07, 10:24 AM
I am new to touring and on my 2nd year back after nearly twenty years of not biking.
I am getting into longer rides now (50+ mi.) and I am looking into getting into touring/bike camping on the weekends and on vacations.
I own a 2004 Specialized Sirrus (Standard model with a Steel fork) and I wonder if anyone in this group tours on these. I notice mine has triple water bottle attachments, front and rear braze ons for racks, and what looks to be a very solid frame set. All in all it looks to be ready to go.
I have a brooks spring loaded seat and with the steel front fork, it makes for a very smooth ride. I don't notice any "aluminum" issues at all.
I am considering making a few alterations and using this bike for touring. I think a Trekking style butterfly bar, and lower gearing are in order.
Has anyone encountered problems or great success with these bikes on light to medium tours?
Thanks for any info ,
11-12-07, 12:54 PM
...I have attempted a medium tour on my 06 Specialized Sirrus.
You can read about it here:
Read "Tour of Oahu" and "Specialized Sirrus Review".
I want to build a better bike for touring before my next one...
11-13-07, 07:08 AM
Doc, I don't know why the Sirrus wouldn't work well for touring. The newer models have a somewhat aggressive geometry...shortish chain stays and wheelbase, but if you are comfortable on yours, go for it.
11-13-07, 10:03 AM
my 2 cents
well, 'shortish' chainstays might not be so hot for a touring bike unless your rear panniers are small enough so your heels dont strike the panniers. That is VERY annoying. I have a trek 520 (a touring bike) and I have medium size bags, and I still have to mount the panniers far back to prevent heel strike. size 11 shoes. maybe if you had 'shortish' feet too.
Short wheelbase, i wouldn;t want that for touring with a heavy load.
agressive geometry?? well, thats not so hot for touring either.
these are all reasons why a Sirrus would NOT work well for touring.
11-13-07, 05:39 PM
You would definitely want to change those flat bars. Not enough hand positions.
11-13-07, 07:33 PM
folks have toured on all kinds of bikes. The best bike for touring is, much of the time, the bike you already have!
So here's the deal, acupuncture Doc. Go straight to your local REI store, or some other place with a selection of racks and panniers on hand. Test some racks and bags, get some bar-ends, some camping gear if you need it...and hit the road!
11-13-07, 08:06 PM
The Sirrus you have is a solid well built bike...if it fits you well and you are comfortable on it now, then I also say 'head out to Rei and dress it for touring'. Depending where you may tour just think about the right gearing and have fun!
Since you own it get some racks & panniers and give it a shot. Worst case it doesn't pan out and you use the gear you bought on a dedicated touring bike.
If the Sirrus seems to be working out for touring consider some hand built sturdy wheels.
11-15-07, 08:17 AM
Ok, I borrowed my best friends touring gear from his beloved Trek 520 and loaded the bike up with about 40 lb. of stuff. (I have good Mavic wheels on this bike I forgot to mention). This was done in the hills of central PA and the back end was squirrelly as hell. I didn't feel at all safe descending large hills.
I don't have the budget for a $1,000 bike and I was looking at getting a Specialized Globe since it is in my price range. It seems pretty workable and my Trekking bar would fit it.
Has anyone toured on these? There does seem to be some good things said about these bikes. have seem the posts on the new Globe purchased by Paul Barnard. Looks good. Anyone have experience with this bike?
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