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Old 02-19-06, 10:58 AM   #1
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Question... I might buy a trek 5000 (more of a racing bike from what I've read) for about $1100...great price...but before i do I was wondering if it can be converted to a touring bike...and if so what would be the pros and cons of such a conversion? Thank you, And ride hard!
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Old 02-19-06, 11:41 AM   #2
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Why not just get a touring bike for the same $ ? More adaptable, comfortable, durable, etc...
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Visionquest,
It all depends on how you want to tour. I use a straight road bike to do long distance unsupported tours, but then I do not camp. I use only two rear panniers, and a rack bag for carrying stuff.

From what I can tell, the Trek 5000 is a full carbon frame with a carbon fork. I do not believe that it has any provisions for mounting a rack, even on the rear. That is not to say that you could not figure out something that would work.

Depends on how far you want to tour. You could get a seat post mounted rear rack with a rack bag. Just take a credit card, a few spare tubes, water bottles, air pump, foul weather gear, and off you go with the 5000.
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Question... I might buy a trek 5000 (more of a racing bike from what I've read) for about $1100...great price...but before i do I was wondering if it can be converted to a touring bike...and if so what would be the pros and cons of such a conversion? Thank you, And ride hard!
No, not in the normal sense of the term "touring", as in travelling in a more relaxed fashion, comfortably, over longer distances. The 5000 is a roadracing bike - in addition to the lack of attachment points, the geometry of the 5000 is optimized for quick handling and sprinting, not longer distance comfort and load-carrying capability. As others have mentioned, it could be used for some version of "lightweight touring", but there are better bikes for that, too. If you want to tour, buy a touring bike, there are many nice ones available for that kind of investment. As for "riding hard", um, well, sometimes for sure, but the whole concept of touring usually involves a certain de-emphasizing of speed and more appreciation for the journey itself. But I will be the first to admit that this doesn't happen overnight, it kind of creeps up on you over time.
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Old 02-19-06, 03:31 PM   #5
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thank you all for your info...I kind of suspected something was up up when the guy told me that if i "really wanted to" i could tour with it...hm... I'm just going to buy a touring bike. ride hard, ride fast and most importantly, ride fun :-D
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