Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Houston, TX 77095
Bikes: Specialized Sequoia Elite, Schwinn Frontier FS MTB, Centurion LeMans (1986)
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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.