Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Taos, NM
Bikes: 2009 Custom TI Frame Road Bike, all 2007 Campy Record, Campy Euros Wheelset
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takes a long time to get a touring bike set up the way you like it? that was not my experience. knowing what a proper bike fit IS does help. knowing what you need is essential - (for me - knowing mountains meant LOW gearing and changing the stock gearing contributed greatly to the success of the trip.
i didn't live with my trek 520 for months before my first tour (an 1100 miler, three weeks), I bought it on monday, left the next sunday. I only did a 30 mile shakedown cruise to get the feel of it when it was heavily loaded.
I knew what I wanted, and what the definition of success was before I started the whole process. To get there, I dealt with a shop that had a lot of touring knowledge, and asked a jillion questions here on line. The bike and the tour (solo and unsupported ) were 100% precent successful.
your experience may vary though.
2009 Custom TI Frame Road Bike, all 2007 Campy Record, Campy Euros Wheelset
2009 Custom TI Frame touring Bike. S&S couplers, XTR Drivetrain. LOW granny.
2009 Performance Bicycles TI (by Lynsky) road frame, 7900 DA, 7950 DA Compact Crank, Light Niobium Rim Wheels