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Old 03-09-07, 01:01 AM   #1
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Touring and a carbon bike

So lately I have been thinking of doing some touring.....some lite stuff at first a few days maybe 5 to 7 in a few months and next year attempting a cross country....

Will my CF fiber bike deal with it. A better question might be if I make it to next year with my bike will it all be ok? I am not apposed to getting a touring bike BUT if I could avoid the expence than I would be pretty happy...

I have a friend that did a coast to coast a few years ago and he bought a new wheel set and tires to take on the tour...after he got there he realised that what he had was a bit overkill from what was required....

Just courious...
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Old 03-09-07, 02:28 AM   #2
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Carbon frames aren't engineered/designed for the lateral loads a touring bike endures. Hope you're not to opposed to steel or aluminum. Curious is good, up until you kill the cat.
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Old 03-09-07, 07:19 AM   #3
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If you use a BOB trailer and stay on pavement, a carbon bike is fine. I did the Southern Tier with a Trek 5200 despite dire predictions of frame collapse and wheel failure. It just didn't happen. My bike was totally unaffected by the experience.
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I'm a big fan of touring with the bike you've got -although most people who get the bug will migrate to a touring bike of some sort.

On the other hand "just say no to carbon" is my other motto.

I would definitely go the BOB trailer route with a carbon bike, rather than try and retrofit racks and panniers. Carbon bikes just aren't made for those kinds of stresses and when carbon fails, it fails catastrophically. Not something you want to experience.

Before all the carbon fans start slagging me, let me summarize-
If you use your carbon frame bike, make sure you don't expose it to stresses it wasn't designed for - use a trailer or go super-ultra light.
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Old 03-09-07, 09:42 AM   #5
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That you everyone for replying. I should add some more as well. I know the anti-carbon argument can be bad and I am not here to promote or demote anything.

I will probably be going the ultra lite route actually. I will not be doing any winter touring and was really looking to carry everything on my person. This is all just a thought right now so that is why I am looking for opinions The trailer is intresting me though. I might look in to that...

Ok so what I am hearing is this idea will probably be fine. I figured as much.

Last...

I was actually thinking steel/aluminum or ti with SS fittings as a touring bike if I went that route. As someone mentioned being bit by the bug might change my ideas a bit..we will see..
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Old 03-09-07, 12:37 PM   #6
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Are you planning on full camping, ultralight tarp camping or hostelling?
You could fit a large Carradice saddlebag with a seatpost support and a bar bag. This should cover you for lightweight touring. I know plenty of people who tour in this style on racers. You may want to downgear the bike.
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Old 03-30-07, 02:13 PM   #7
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I must echo Cyclesafes comments. I also did the Southern Tour on my Trek 5200 pulling a BOB. I experienced no problems. Didn't even have to make any truing ticks to the wheels for the entire trip.
That said, Shemp makes a good point. With a BOB on a carbon frame, you must be expecially careful when setting down or picking up the load from the resting jack knifed position.
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I don't have a carbon bike but I am a fan of riding what you got. I have an old aluminum Trek race bike. It is geared too high and really stiff. But I've toured on it twice now and I'm going to stick with it till I can decide on another bike I want and I can afford that bike. My wife went with me once on her Specialized Allez too. We just keep it light and stay out of the big hills. It helps we live in Dallas and have stuck to short trips around here which helps.

Go try some short trips and get your equipment worked out and make sure you'll be happy with what you can safely carry for extended periods if you're going to do a longer trip. If you think you'll be happy with less stuff, then go for it.

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