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    touring frames with cantilever brakes

    I'm hoping to pick up a used touring frame but I really like cantilever brakes and all the frames I'm finding are from the 80's and have centerpull brakes. When did cantilevers become more common and what 1990's era touring bikes had them?

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    I have an '82 Univega Gran Turismo and a mid '80s Bridgestone T-500, and they both sport cantilever brakes. For awhile when I was looking for older touring frames, it seemed the only thing I could find were cantis!
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    perhaps the problem you are encountering is related to the fact that many old road bikes resemble modern touring bikes (ie nowadays, steel + rack mounts = touring bike). take other factors like head tube extension, tubing weight, bb height, and chainstay length into account and you might see cantis popping up more and more.
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    Older, recreational-level road bikes were regularly called sport touring bikes. Center pull brakes were ubiquitous on such bikes, as were frames made of hi-tensile steel tubing. Such bikes were never intended for and would not be desirable for fully loaded touring because their frames are not strong enough to avoid getting noodly when loaded up. True touring bikes going all the way back to the 70's have by and large been equipped with cantilever brakes.

    Older, used touring bike frames are far less common than something that can work just as well or better for you: older, used rigid fork mountain bike frames. They can be had for beans, were made of thick walled chromoly, and often had the lax angles and looong wheel bases that are work well with racks and are plush for long days in the saddle.

    Here's a 1980's Specialized Rockhopper that would make an absolutely terrific touring bike, just add racks and bags:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/1980s-18-Special...QQcmdZViewItem

    The other advantage of going this route is that 26" wheels are much stronger than 700c, and tires and tubes are far more widely available, especially beyond the white people countries.

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    Are you still looking for a touring with cantis erb??? Where are you exactly??

    "beyond the white people countries." too funny...

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