I am a newbie to touring and I need some help from you'all. I really appreciate your help when I was first looking at this bike. I bought it and, well, here it is...My brand new (old) touring bike that I intend to use for fully loaded touring....
As you can see, it is in mint condition for a 1983. I think it is an ST500 but have not found any way to be sure. I know it was made in 1983 from the serial #. Any ideas???
I am planning on buying the Arkel GT-54 for my rear bags and the Arkel T-28 for my front bags (just in case you need to know that for below).
First off, I am in perplexity as to the racks. Here are a couple pictures of the stock Cannondale rear rack that came on it.
Do you think it is heavy-duty enough for loaded touring? Or is it important that I get a new one. And if so, which one is the sturdiest one that will fit this bike? BTW, here is a picture of the braze-on eyelets for the top supports of my rear rack...
Okay, now the front rack. There is none on the bike so I need to buy one. But I am not sure which racks will fit my fork. From what I have read, it sounds like the Tubus Tara is an excellent way to go. Can I use that rack on my bike or is there a better way to go for my situation? There are no braze-on eyelets mid way up the fork, only eyelets down where the fork meets the wheel hub. Here is a picture of that...
Any ideas on what I should do for my rack situation?
I am changing the pedals to clipless pedals. I am told that my saddle is very good so I think I'll see how it does. I think I will probably put bar end shifters on and maybe the brake levers on the upright part of the handle bar. Has anyone done that with the brake levers? Worth it?
The bike shop I took it to said I could probably fit 1 1/4" tires on the bike. Is that a good size or will this fit even larger?
And finally, if you have any other suggestions, please fire away. That is why I am posting here. Because I know that I don't know much and need some advice from seasoned tourers.
Many thanks in advance