Greetings. I'm thinking about finally getting a bike that's more suitable for touring, and am considering the Novara Randonee. It lists for $950 and I have a *large* dividend coming from REI this spring along with a 20% off coupon so it will be an affordable option.
I wanted to get your opinions on upgrades. I've looked over the forums and have seen several recommendations to switch to lower gearing (REI has addressed this with a Deore crankset--see specs below) and to change out the spokes to DT or wheelsmith. I'll also put a Brooks on the bike and all the requisite racks, fenders, lights, clipless pedals etc.
Looking at the specs below, any other upgrades you'd recommend? I want to get a sense of "total cost" before I proceed. Thanks, and cheers!
1984 Raleigh Kodiak Touring, 1992 Scott MTB, 2004 Fuji Touring
I agree with mtnroads...just ride it and upgrade things as they wear out.
Try re-tensioning/stress relieving the spokes when you first get the bike. I would go for a few loaded rides and test the spokes before replacing them (lots of work that may not be necessary!). By that time, you might just go ahead and decide to replace the entire wheelset.
BTW, those Vittoria Randonneur tires (esp. the Pros) are very nice and IMHO under appreciated in the U.S.
That's one of the bikes on my short wishlist because it is relatively inexpensive and wouldn't need a bunch of upgrades. You made a great decision and I would feel things out before making more changes. Have fun.
Thorn Sherpa, Co-Motion Custom Road, Salsa Fargo, Mercian King of Mercia and Motobecane Fantom Pro 29er
Great advice. I understand the Tiagra hubs are pretty nice and more serviceable than 105 or Ultrgra. A little heavier but for touring... I am looking at getting one of these also. Hard to see how they can make a profit on this bike especially w/ another 20 percent off right now.