Fred E Fenders
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Again! Philippines & S. California
Bikes: Jamis Aurora Elite
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Randonee & Toe Clip Conflicts - An owners perspective
The Randonee is billed as a "Touring" bike by Novara / REI
What I have found as I set the bike up for touring with SKS P45 fenders is:
Toe Clip Conflict
- Fenders and Toe Clip / Toe - Conflict by about 3/4 inch
- Bottle Cage on Underside of Down Tube - Conflict with fenders even with small bottle by about 1/2 inch
Looking at the Surly LHT specs, which is popular here, the wheel base in a comparable size is an inch or more longer and it does not appear that this problem would exist. Same with Trek 520 - longer wheel base than the Randonee for comparable size. (Note: Talking with Trek Dealer Tech - The 520 has not changed significantly for some time other than the large chain ring, which is a 52 tooth to appeal to the commuter more than the tourer.)
I am disappointed that conflicts of this type would even be present on the Randonee.
So, is the Randonee a true touring bike? I would have to say it is a compromise and a poor one at that.
I believe that a conflict of this type represents a potential safety hazard for the unware and/or potential for an accident for those who are aware but get caught in the wrong situation at the wrong time. You might just be biting the dust.
This leads to my final concerns and that is of heel and toe clearance for racks and panniers.
Any experience out there?