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Old 08-06-17, 03:38 PM   #1
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Jamis Aurora 2002 - good for touring?

I've got a 2002 Jamis Aurora that needs a bit of an overhaul, and I want to turn it into a touring bike in the process.

In researching touring bikes, I found people like the Trek 520, the LHT, and often also mention the Jamis Aurora... I'm wondering if the one I have is one of those touring capable bikes, or not.

It needs a bit of work, and I'm not sure if it is possible to turn it into a touring bike, and if so how I would go about doing so. So I'd love to hear what people think!
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Old 08-06-17, 04:04 PM   #2
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it would be sporty for a touring bike but if its your size it might be pretty nice. it should take 32mm tires and fenders so if you can get racks on it you should be good to go. racks can be fastened with p clamps and most bike shops have a bunch of them left over from rack installations. the real issue will be gearing. you may want to lower the number of teeth in one or more of the rings on your crank. the reynolds frame should feel great.
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p.s. i did see the bike came with 32 hole wheels so that may be an issue. but hell ride it an see. you'll eventually buy or build wheels for everything.
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it would be sporty for a touring bike but if its your size it might be pretty nice. it should take 32mm tires and fenders so if you can get racks on it you should be good to go. racks can be fastened with p clamps and most bike shops have a bunch of them left over from rack installations. the real issue will be gearing. you may want to lower the number of teeth in one or more of the rings on your crank. the reynolds frame should feel great.
The back crank broke off a few weeks ago while I was pushing up a hill, so I need a whole new thing... Also, the index shifters need to go at the same time if possible.
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The back crank broke off a few weeks ago while I was pushing up a hill, so I need a whole new thing... Also, the index shifters need to go at the same time if possible.
Back crank...meaning rear wheel axle?

If you fix that bike up, itll be significantly cheaper than anything new.
Thats the best thing going for the Jamis...you have it and can try out touring for the least $.

The gearing may not be the best if you plan to ride up hills. Just fyi.
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I've got a 2002 Jamis Aurora that needs a bit of an overhaul, and I want to turn it into a touring bike in the process.

In researching touring bikes, I found people like the Trek 520, the LHT, and often also mention the Jamis Aurora... I'm wondering if the one I have is one of those touring capable bikes, or not.

It needs a bit of work, and I'm not sure if it is possible to turn it into a touring bike, and if so how I would go about doing so. So I'd love to hear what people think!

You need to tell us a bit more about the build.


Is it this build https://www.bicyclebluebook.com/sear....aspx?id=36923 ? Pay attention to the cassette, chain ring size etc.
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I've got a 2002 Jamis Aurora that needs a bit of an overhaul, and I want to turn it into a touring bike in the process.

In researching touring bikes, I found people like the Trek 520, the LHT, and often also mention the Jamis Aurora... I'm wondering if the one I have is one of those touring capable bikes, or not.

It needs a bit of work, and I'm not sure if it is possible to turn it into a touring bike, and if so how I would go about doing so. So I'd love to hear what people think!
It's a touring bike if you tour with it. "Back crank", do you mean derailleur? How much do you weigh?
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its just a brand of bike, paack it up and ridrde!lots of brands will do.
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took my Jamis Aurora from San Diego to Cape Coral, FL in 39 days in October 2009
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