I've had several since 1999 but have settled on my beloved 2001 Litespeed Tuscany and my latest, a 2015 Cannondale SuperSix EVO carbon
Originally Posted by fauxtoes
I'm thinking about buying a trek 1200- does anyone know if I can put a rack on it, or if it will take fatter tires?
If that's a braze-on above the derailleur you can. If not you can use a seatpost mount style (~25 pound limit) or one that attaches to the bike with clamps (unknown weight limit).
You can put 700x25 and maybe 700x28 tires on it. You may have problems getting the brakes to open wide enough when removing the tire to repair a flat.
A road bike may not be as comfortable for touring as a touring bike. The frame geometry is different and touring bikes generally have a longer wheelbase.
Touring bikes are built to be more comfortable.
My bikes: 2001 Litespeed Tuscany---2015 Cannondale SuperSix EVO carbon
I have a Trek 1200... They make both a drop bar and a flat bar model. I am not sure but I know that my drop bar has braze-ons for a rack. My bike also has the factory carbon seat post- so i wouldn't do the post mounted rack. As far as tires... Anything bigger than 25 would just be to difficult to squeeze in there. .
I ride mine to work 5 or 6 days a week
I have a 2003 1200 Flat Bar. It does not have braze-ons for a rack. I use the type that attaches to the seat post. I was able to fit a fatter tire. I currently have a pair of Continental Contacts size 700x32. It really helped smooth out the ride. It is much more comfortable with a fatter tire. It is hard to determine how large a tire will fit. Several sources told me that I would be lucky to get a 700x28 on there, but I just gave it a try, and the 700x32 fit perfectly. If you are looking to improve the ride with a fatter tire, I would also research the tire model. Some have a reputation for being cushier than others. (I realize this is an old thread, but this is information I had been looking for recently, and had not found a thread that came to the satisfactory conclusion that I have found.)