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Old 09-22-06, 10:53 AM   #1
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Why not a Sirrus for touring?

I have read many archived threads here containing the word "Sirrus". Some people love it for touring, some said, "don't tour on a hybrid, get a real touring bike".

Since I have this bike already, and I like it (it's my commuter), I'm looking for reasons why not to tour on it. Let me first tell you what I've done with the bike. And it's a no-carbon, all metal, entry-level Sirrus.
  • Heel-strike issue solved using extra large Jandd rear rack
  • There are braze-ons for front rack and 3 water bottles
  • I put bar-ends on so I can get one more hand position
  • I have room to put on aerobars to get another more aero position
  • Lots of frame & brake clearance for fenders and fatter trekking tires
  • Nice Specialized Body Geometry saddle (stock saddle was crap)
  • The older 8-speed setup is better in my view (heftier chain)
  • I'll need a better rear wheel, but I need a better one anyway (recommended specs?)

So, from my point of view, I'm almost ready to go. Need a front rack and aerobars. But do the experts out here think the frame geometry is just going to make a person miserable for a 30 day trip? I don't have the long touring experience to know, so I'd like to know what people think.

Thanks in advance, Peter


Oh yeah, regarding the aftermarket rear wheel specs, I'm a 185 pound (84 kg) rider, wanting to do self-supported touring. So, not Clydesdale, but not skinny either.
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Old 09-22-06, 11:06 AM   #2
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There isn't really any bike you can't tour on. And any bike no mater how well appointed can be niggled on the details. In the old days all the stock touring bikes I had didn't even have stuff like water bottle braze-ons or proper fender arrangements, and low rider racks hadn't been invented. So A long as it's comfortable to ride, has decent ratios and you can get your gear on it, fine.

A 30 day trip is a big trip. Most people these days are too lazy to stand in line for 5 minutes at a bank. Peddling for 210 hours over a month is a fairly big deal. Discomforts tend to show up in the first few days and just get worse, if they show up at all. Touring bikes do not exist only for those doing trips around the world. 30 days is more than many/most ever do. Doesn't mean you can't use your bike for it, just means it's not like you don't rate a touring bike, if you want one, because your trip is SO short.
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This what I'm afraid of. Nothing worse than being injured due to a repetitive strain injury. I'm going to test it out, a 4 day tour, and 7 day tour, then do the 30. Thanks for your thoughts.


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Discomforts tend to show up in the first few days and just get worse, if they show up at all.
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The Sirrus is a good bike for touring especially if you pull a trailer instead of loading the frame down. It is light, handles well, is reasonably priced, is attractive and is NEW so you'll go a long way before needing anything fixed.
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[I realize this thread is really old, but what the heck, it can still be useful information]

I believe that the reason some people dislike the Sirrus is because it has short chainstays, which make it "nervous" and twitchy. Those are qualities in an urban setting, but touring bikes are generally built the other way around.

This said, I have a Sirrus and do some light touring with it (2-3 day trips) and haven't had any problems (except finding racks that fit with the disc brakes)... Just make sure you don't carry an excessive load in the back. Try to put some load on the front wheels too...
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