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    Destroyer of Worlds kyledr's Avatar
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    Bike for Touring

    Hi, I'm going to be touring through Europe next Summer. I'll probably start in Bergen, Norway and go to Istanbul. I'm wondering what kind of bike I should plan on using. Right now nothing I own has fender eyelets, and the closest thing I have to a touring bike is a Colnago Super, but I don't think that'll be appropriate. Another option is my road bike, a 2007 Specialized Allez Comp, but I doubt that'll be appropriate either. I plan to use a saddle bag, so I could do it with clip on fenders and a saddle bag, and the nice thing is that the Specialized is light. Well that's what I have (with gears, anyway), but I think I'll need something new.

    So I posted an ad on Craigslist, and I got a response from someone with a Centurion Pro tour 15, which sounds like a pretty nice bike. Some say it weighs 26 lbs or maybe even closer to 30 with the rack, but a Centurion catalog quotes it at 23.9 with the rack, so that's not half bad! The Pro Tour is supposedly a pretty good touring bike. It has fender and rack eyelets and a triple crankset. I would take the rack off, though. http://www.sheldonbrown.com/centurio...0pro-tour.html has some info, but the one I'm going to be looking at is a year or two earlier, so I don't know what to expect. Another person replied with a Centurion LeMans made with Tange 2, and he says it's 21-22 lbs. I'm surprised by that, but we'll see. The LeMans has a fender eyelets, but it has a double crankset. The Pro Tour is purpose built for touring, so I'm a bit more interested in that.

    But are there better bikes out there? I don't mind paying more if I can have a lighter bike. I'm only 140 lbs, and I'll be carrying less than 20 lbs in a saddle pack (probably Carradice Nelson). I plan to stay in Youth Hostels, so it won't be a big deal. At most I'd bring a very minimal sleeping bag and a camping hammock (one with a bug net and rain shield...they can be sub 2 lbs). So I expect I don't need the heaviest duty of bikes. Should I be focusing on an older, steel bike, or should I consider buying a new one? I can get any Bianchi cheap via sponsorship, but they don't seem to have much for touring. The Bianchi Axis seems the best from Bianchi. That's a fairly light frame, probably about 1500g (based on weight weenies) without fork (and probably no headset either). Downside is it's aluminum if that's bad. Otherwise I could try to find a light vintage steel bike made of reynolds, columbus, or Ishiwata, but I don't know how light I could expect from something like that.

    Any thoughts?

    Edit: Oh yeah, I could also get a Surly LHT on sponsorship, but that's probably gonna be as heavy/heavier than the Centurion.
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    Destroyer of Worlds kyledr's Avatar
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    Well, I saved you all the trouble of helping me out by buying the Centurion.

    It's fairly light. I might see if I can score some Shimano 600 derailleurs off some fixed gear rider around here. I think they're pretty commonplace, but I'm guessing they're an upgrade over the Le Tech rear and Suntour Symmetric front.

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    Glad you gave everyone long enough to respond

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    Quote Originally Posted by kyledr
    Well, I saved you all the trouble of helping me out by buying the Centurion.

    It's fairly light. I might see if I can score some Shimano 600 derailleurs off some fixed gear rider around here. I think they're pretty commonplace, but I'm guessing they're an upgrade over the Le Tech rear and Suntour Symmetric front.
    i haven't seen a set of 600 deraillers in years.... i had them on my 500 back in the mid 80's but they were great parts...

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    Destroyer of Worlds kyledr's Avatar
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    I found out that the lepree is an excellent derailleur. Probably better than anything else I could hope for. http://bikeforums.net/showthread.php...ght=derailleur

    Do people normally choose larger touring frames than they would otherwise use? I eyeballed it, and would have guessed the bike I got was a 53-54cm frame c-c, but it turns out it was about a 54.5 c-c. For normal road bike that I race, I was fitted for 52 cm c-c. Do you see any problems here? I'm guessing not, but I'm just kind of curious.

    This bike is turning out really sweet! I'm really excited about it. Everything's cleaning up really well (although it took a lot of cleaning... every chrome bit had pitting that I had to remove, and there was a lot of dirt everywhere). I'm being super anal, getting all the parts in like new condition.

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