I have an old Bennotto 27" frame that I was thinking about using for touring. It is not a super high quality
frame as the rear drops are stamped but the lugs are nice and I can set the rear to accomodated any rear axle width. I would guess a 70s vintage frame, rides nice, maybe Columbus tubes. I have a nice set of
Araya 27" 36 hole freewheel hoops with Suzue hubs that are smooth as silk. Would a freewheel 126MM rear be durable enough to use for touring? Is a standard lugged frame strong enough to bear a load or are touring frames more robust than steel road frames?
The only Benotto that I've ever seen is a race frame, short, quick, 53 tooth front chainring, & aluminum. By looking over thier website (had to use the Google translated version) it seems that racing is thier main priority as far as the road bikes go. I guess I'd take those questions & the frame to a bike shop for thier thoughts on the type of frame it really is based on geometry, materials, components and such.
As far as making a tourer out of it........ I would suppose it could be possible. There is a guy in another thread trying to make a tourer out of a fixed gear track bike! Not exactly what most of us here would do..................
Last edited by Rogerinchrist; 05-22-05 at 10:33 PM.
This frame is very relaxed old school geometry with fender eyes and all. Though I did have to put a Centurion fork on it, it is a very stable ride . Its a 53 cm that is sized like my 55cm Bianchi. I may get some touring specific wheels and spread it to 135mm on the
rear. Bar ends sound nice ,possibly a randonneur configuration. We shall see what ebay has to offer.
That old Bennotto sounds like the classic seventies "sport touring" bike. It probably has very skinny tubing like most bikes of its' era. It should be strong enough to tour on but it will shimmy like mad down hill when loaded for touring. Back in the day I suppose people just accepted that. It probably depends on what sort of touring you are planning to do. If you are going to bring a change of clothes and stay in hotels you are probably OK. If you are going to load the bike down for fully self supported touring you are probably better off with a touring frame, vintage or otherwise. Save the Bennotto for a nice vintage road bike build up or Ebay it to pay for the other frame/fork.