Second thoughts about my bike that is. I have a 2004 Specialized Sirrus Comp and I think 60 miles has been my longest ride on it. I will be riding from Springfield Missouri to Yellowstone National Park and back, about 3000 miles. If I take it, I will have to pull a trailer since the fork is carbon....
I had no problems taking it until I was at the bike shop the other day and I told some guy what I was planning on doing.... "Flat bars and 28/32 spokes? I hope you like pain and fixing things."
So yeah. I don't have a lot of money for this trip and what extra money I do have has to go towards a trailer. Now I know you can use any old bike for a tour, but I don't so much want to be fixing spokes every 100 miles either.
So I am thinking about selling it and trying to get something else. But I only have two weeks before I leave. I am going to post the specs. on my bike and let you vets. give me your advice.
FRAME - Specialized compact design, A1 Premium Aluminum, fully butted and heat-treated, with fender and rack braze-ons
FORK - Specialized Carbon-3 Zertz, bonded high modulus carbon legs and crown, 7075 alloy threadless steerer, cantilever brake posts
HEADSET - Intellaset, 1 1/8" integrated threadless, alloy cap, alloy cone spacer
STEM - Specialized, 3D forged alloy, 31.8mm bar clamp, 4-position adjustable
HANDLEBARS - Specialized Event, A1 oversized alloy, 580mm width, black
TAPE / GRIPS - Body Geometry, triple density gel
FRONT BRAKE - Forged 6061, 85mm linear pull, replaceable cartridge pad
REAR BRAKE - Forged 6061, 85mm linear pull, replaceable cartridge pad
BRAKE LEVERS - Forged alloy linear pull w/ c-clip bushing
FRONT DERAILLEUR - Shimano Deore, 31.8 clamp, bottom pull
REAR DERAILLEUR - Shimano New 105, black
SHIFT LEVERS - Shimano R-440-9, Rapidfire
CASSETTE - Shimano HG-50, 9-speed, 12x25t
CHAIN - Shimano HG-73
CRANKSET - Specialized Comp, five arm, polished arms
CHAINRINGS - 52Ax42Ax30S Super Shift
BOTTOM BRACKET - Shimano BB-UN-25, 68mm shell, 113mm spindle, sealed bearing cartridge
PEDALS - Shimano 505R, SPD
RIMS - Alex AT-400, 700c, alloy single wall, eyelets, machined sidewalls, black
FRONT HUB - Specialized Forged Alloy, 28hole, double sealed bearings, QR, black
REAR HUB - Specialized Forged Alloy, 32 hole, double sealed freehub, QR, black
SPOKES - DT Swiss 2.0mm (14g), black stainless, black alloy nipples, L282/R282mm front, L292/R290mm rear
FRONT TIRE - Specialized All Condition, 700 x 28c, Armadillo
REAR TIRE - Specialized All Condition, 700 x 28c, Armadillo
TUBES - Specialized presta valve
SADDLE - Body Geometry Milano Comfort Max
SEAT POST - Specialized Pavé, advanced composite, 27.2x350mm
SEAT BINDER - Specialized Cr-Mo, allen head binder bolt
NOTES - Chain stay cover, reflectors, clear coat, owners manual