Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: Would it work?

  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Vancouver, WA
    My Bikes
    Not quite sure. A schwinn mountain bike from 2003 and an old road bike from the 60's or 70's...they get me from point A to point B
    Posts
    12
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Would it work?

    I'm trying to find a bike for a Trans America this summer and was wondering if a road bike would be expectable as opposed to a touring bike.

    I'm a poor college student so price is defiantly an issue as well as the fact that I'll need this bike after the trip as a main source of transportation. What bikes are out there? Would a Schwinn Fastback Sport work? If you've done this trip, what kind of bike did you use?

  2. #2
    Hooked on Touring
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Posts
    2,114
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Put the widest tires on it that you can.
    How are you going to carry your stuff?
    Problem with a road bike is often getting racks on.
    Compare the cost of a trailer to racks & panniers.
    A trailer might work better for you - even though I personally prefer panniers.
    I've seen people crossing the USA on 3-speeds.

  3. #3
    Florida to Oregon in 2007 lighthorse@eart's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Florida
    My Bikes
    LeMond Buenos Aires, Trek 7500, Scattante CFR, Burley Hudson
    Posts
    138
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Salto,
    You need to decide how you are going to tour across. If you plan to camp out and carry a lot of stuff associated with cooking and camping then get a bike that is compatible with both front and rear panniers.
    I tour with a road bike using only rear panniers and it works great. But then I don't carry much stuff.
    lighthorse
    03 Lemond Buenos Aires
    97 Trek 7500 (needs work)
    05 Scattante CFR
    06 Burley Hudson
    Melbourne, Fl.

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    SW Washington, USA
    Posts
    373
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Sounds like you haven't picked up a bike yet? Yes, you can tour on anything as jamawani says. Just make sure you've figured out the load-carrying issues, and that the bike is well-overhauled before you leave.

    I'm in the same area (Vancouver WA). We have a great resource here for used bikes and wheels etc.: Sellwood Cycles. They have a lot of used bikes on their website and in the store, including touring bikes. Usually a couple touring bikes a month, but some things move in less than a week. Right now there's a Kona Sutra 52cm and even a BOB trailer.

    I'm not associated with them, never even bought from them. It's just that there aren't many choices for used touring bikes other than eBay, and I'd be leery about buying sight unseen. Sellwood is usually one of the top-rated bike shops in the Portland area for knowledge, so it's worth checking out.

    If you don't have a bike yet, it'd be a good idea to find a 'real' touring bike for a cross-country trip. They're ideal for commuting, too. If you already have a road bike, you can generally adapt it for little cost, although it won't be ideal.

    -- Mark

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Pittsburgh
    My Bikes
    Vintage Jim Merz
    Posts
    132
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    i don't know about buying from them remotely, but sellwood cycles is seconded for a really great bike shop. i used to live around there and they were phenomenal people.

  6. #6
    Sasquatch Crossing mycoatl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Portlandia
    Posts
    413
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by EmmCeeBee
    We have a great resource here for used bikes and wheels etc.: Sellwood Cycles.
    +2!!

    That's my local shop and they are great. They move a lot of used bikes through the shop, so if you tell 'em what you're looking for and what your price range is, my bet is that they could locate something within a few weeks.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •