Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Central Florida
Bikes: Surly LHT, Soma Stanyan, Centurion Sport DLX, Specialized Hardrock
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Casseroll seems to be the default "Intro to Rando 101" bike?
I'm interested in getting into riding brevets. Fortunately the brevet series in my neck of the woods is done for this year so I have until next to get ready. Loaded touring is not my goal here; I already have a LHT for that. From what I've been reading here in this forum, a lot of folks are getting a Salsa Casseroll as their first rando bike, and even a lot of experienced LD riders seem to really like it.
I guess my question is then, if my budget is not exactly huge, is the Salsa the way to go? I can get a frameset for under $500 and I already have a ton of parts lying around. I'm sure I'll have to get some more here and there, but I have the time. I think I even have a complete Shimano Sora group on another (aluminum and slightly smallish go-fast type) bike that I don't ride (nor like very much) that I could move over. Not exactly top of the line, but it isn't bottom either.
Also a final question would be as to what specific disadvantages a touring rig like the LHT poses in a randonneuring event.