Touring - would this bike do good for touring
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12-05-08, 10:19 PM
hey yall well i was looking and it seems like 90% of yalls bikes are all road bikes. why is that? i find them to be uncomfortable. heres my cannondale badboy its my commuter bike but id like to do some touring with it. would my bike do the job?
12-05-08, 10:32 PM
I assume what you mean is that most of us use drop bars. Touring bikes have numerous subtle differences from regular road bikes. These include higher bars, longer wheel base, wider tires, brakes that work with fenders and additional braze ons. But most touring is done on the road, therefore they are road bikes.
I prefer drop bars because they give you more versatility. On long rides, it helps to change your riding position frequently. I have never tried aero bars, but I imagine they would make handling difficult when fully loaded. although I have heard of people doing it, so I may be wrong.
12-05-08, 10:46 PM
what may look like an uncomfy road bike may have a slightly different geometry ^^; touring bikes tend to have a more comfortable geometry, but they're still intended for the road. . . unless you're like me and craving that new fargo <3 (which is intended for anything and everything [within reason]) . . . anyway, it should work fine for touring, ride what feels comfortable for you. I want to do BRAG (bicycle ride across georgia) this year on my langster, :P and that's a single speed. not sure if i'll be able to go yet though : ( in any case, it's a bike, it'll work : )
12-06-08, 01:10 AM
This guy made all his way from Japan to UK on a Badboy:
12-06-08, 01:18 AM
Peter Gostelow recently completed one of the best tours I have ever read, on a Cannondale Badboy (with some modifications):
Pete's Journal (http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=3Tzut&doc_id=985&v=4gE&term=peter%20gostelow&context=all)
As far as I know, he mounted a Blackburn MTN1 front rack, some clip on mudguards and bigger tyres.
12-06-08, 09:20 AM
I've seen plenty of people touring on mountain bikes and hybrids. People choose drop bars because there are more hand positions, and because being more bent over puts you in a better aerodynamic position (kind of like you get with the aero bars on your bike.) On a tour aerodynamics are less of a consideration and comfort is a major consideration, so by all means, ride the bike on which you feel comfortable.
Another consideration is whether your bike is strong enough to handle the rigors of being heavily loaded over lots of miles. The Bad Boy looks strong enough, though you could probably make it stronger by upgrading components.
I'd say go for it. The chances seem good that your bike would do fine. I always recommend that people start with short tours to work the bugs out of their rig - like an overnight, or a three-day-weekend tour. It's also a good way to get a taste for bike touring and see if you like it. But you could probably hop on that thing and ride across the country and have a great time.
12-08-08, 12:30 AM
You could put some On One Midge bars (or similar) and front low-rider racks and panniers and you'd be all set. I put both on a Trek Multi-Trak, which is sorta a hybrid or cross frame or something, and it worked out really well. It's amazing how stable the load is with the low-riders, especially when in the wide drops of the Midge.
At the very least, put some bar-ends on your flat bars, which will give you a very wide and useful additional hand position.
Btw, my son and I both have old rigid fork mt. bikes (Hardrock and a Schwinn) that I know would be great to tour on. His has ridiculously long chainstains, which is great for rear panniers.
I have seen someone tour on a hybrid.
I did on a time trial bike, which can be done ,but a year+ later my back and shoulder still hurts
so next time i do it will be on a dedicated touring bike.
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