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Old 08-02-08, 09:23 PM   #1
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Advice on light touring bike & panniers

I am new to road biking, currently I am riding a mountain and I am looking for some advise.

Iím planning on doing some light touring with my family next spring, hotel to hotel, with max 25lbs of weight. If I could by two bikes I would definitely get a touring bike, but unfortunately the budget will only allow for one so I am looking for a road bike that is suitable for some light touring.

I am considering the Cannondale Synapse Sport 5 or the Specialized Sequoia Elite; both have rear rack mounting points.

Will I run into a problem with my feet hitting the pannier bags on a traditional road bike vs. a touring bike? If this is a problem, has anybody used the Nashbar Euro Compact Pannier that is contoured to allow for more foot room? Any advice you can lend is appreciated.
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Old 08-02-08, 09:30 PM   #2
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If you plan to spend the bulk of your time road cycling rather than touring, consider getting a unabashed road bike with a triple and a trailer - a BOB Yak or an Extrawheel. If you plan to tour off-road or on gravel roads, then you can use your trailer with your mountain bike. You'll have plenty of capacity with the trailer, but you don't have to use it.
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I am new to road biking, currently I am riding a mountain and I am looking for some advise.

Iím planning on doing some light touring with my family next spring, hotel to hotel, with max 25lbs of weight. If I could by two bikes I would definitely get a touring bike, but unfortunately the budget will only allow for one so I am looking for a road bike that is suitable for some light touring.

I am considering the Cannondale Synapse Sport 5 or the Specialized Sequoia Elite; both have rear rack mounting points.

Will I run into a problem with my feet hitting the pannier bags on a traditional road bike vs. a touring bike? If this is a problem, has anybody used the Nashbar Euro Compact Pannier that is contoured to allow for more foot room? Any advice you can lend is appreciated.
Get a longer rack, like a Jandd Expedition, and then just mount the panniers more towards the rear of the rack. With the weight you're planning on carrying, that should work out fine.
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Old 08-02-08, 10:20 PM   #4
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First the bike. Either one you mention will work, but I don't think they are optimal because of the tyre size limitations and stock gearing. What you're really looking for is a sport tourer so if you are prepared to pay a bit more and like the retro style something like the Rivendell Rambouillet would be just right. Something a bit more economical would be a Bianchi Volpe.

I think the Nashbar panniers you mention are a bit big for your purposes and a trailer is even more over kill. Go with some small front panniers like the Carradice Super C or Ortlieb and mount them on a rear rack. The small size of these will give you lots of heal clearance, but more than enough room to pack for light touring. I'd definitely recommend you get a handlebar bag too for important items that you can take with you whenever you leave the bike.

An alternative approach to this sort of light touring is to use a saddlebag which is that way I do it.
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Check out the Salsa Casseroll.
http://www.salsacycles.com/casseroll08.html
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