I've been reading the touring forum for a while now. Haven't done any real bike touring in a looong time. Most of my riding now is done on my road bikes. As I've read about all of the fun you guys are having, I decided to put together a budget tourer. Probably won't do any tours of any duration this year since we've alreay got a trip to Italy and France planned this year, as well as several running races and triathlons scheduled. Anyway.....I have a couple of old mountain bikes laying around. One is a Giant ATX 760 steel frame,with rear rack mounts and rockshox front suspension. Frame is great, components have seen better days. The other is a full suspension Mountain Goat whose frame has seen better days, but had low mileage LX and XT components. Started pulling parts off, moving them, etc. Ordered a new front deraileur, chain, stem and cables. Everything else came from one of the two bikes. I'm leaving the front suspension. I know all of the reasons I shouldn't, but like the ride as is. Should have taken before and after pics, but didn't think about it. It's cleaned up and everything is moved. Just waiting on the new stuff. Still haven't decided on which rear rack or panniers to get. Most of my touring will be short, (4-8 days) and I prefer to travel light. Suggestions are welcome. Here's the setup so far:
LX front and rear deraileurs and brakes.
STX compact crank. (Will probably upgrade to a touring crank)
SRAM PC 68 Chain
7 Speed 13-32 Cassette
Pulstar 36 spoke hubs laced to Ritchey Rims ( Good wheelset, not really best for touring. Upgrade later)
Straight bar, bar ends and LX rapidfire shifters
Seat- Have a couple laying around, but will add a Brooks at some point
Can't wait for this snow & ice to go away!