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Old 01-12-10, 12:04 AM   #1
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Mtn Bike gearing for touring?

I am currently converting my bike into a touring bike to travel cross country. A friend told me to go with MTN bike gearing. Does this mean front and back gears? Will I need to get the correct derailleurs and shift levers? Any other helpful tips would be much appreciated.
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Yes, front and back with appropriate dérailleurs.
What bike are you converting?
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This doesn't really relate to gearing. But I believe that if you attach a pair of bar ends on your handlebars, it'll greatly improve the overall feel and comfort of your mtb bike, as you will have more gripping positions.

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This doesn't really relate to gearing. But I believe that if you attach a pair of bar ends on your handlebars, it'll greatly improve the overall feel and comfort of your mtb bike, as you will have more gripping positions.

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He doesn't say what bike he has.
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IT is an old miyata chromoly frame. 1987 i believe is the year. I was going to replace the fork so I can put on proper pannier rack. what do you think?
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IT is an old miyata chromoly frame. 1987 i believe is the year. I was going to replace the fork so I can put on proper pannier rack. what do you think?
That is a big project. It should work when you get the proper parts.
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big project in all or just for the fork replacement. I would think that would be pretty simple. do you have any suggestions?
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Which Miyata? There are ways around using a front panniers without low rack mounts. If the fork is fine, I would just keep it. Trying to find a 1" threaded fork with low mounts is not the best and you will probably have to go with a unicrown. You could use a CrossCheck 1" threadless and a new headset or find someone to thread the steerer tube, but...
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On tour, low gears are much more important than high. You'll want really low gears when you are going up a long mountain pass carrying a load, or even a short but really steep section of road. There will probably be some times when you'd like a really high gear, but if you have to do without something, do without the high gears.

Mountain bikes are typically geared low for climbing, so I think the advice about keeping the mountain gearing is probably valid. If you want to switch, you might look into a "trekking" crankset, which is kind of halfway between mountain and road. Another thing to look into would be keeping the two smaller chainrings, but replacing the big one with a gear with a couple more teeth. What gears do you have on the existing crankset?
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IT is an old miyata chromoly frame. 1987 i believe is the year. I was going to replace the fork so I can put on proper pannier rack. what do you think?
Trying to find a 1" touring fork could be problematic. As Sweetlou said there are ways around not having lowrider mounts on the fork. If you go with an old style Blackburn lowrider, it can use u-bolts for the upper mount. Other racks have other mounting methods. What racks are you looking at?

The rest of the conversion can be expensive and entail a lot of work. I'm not trying to stop you but just warn you. You'll need a bunch of parts...crank, wheels, chain, shifters, cassettes, derailers, bottom bracket, etc...depending on what you want to do. All that adds up quickly. Do some homework on what you have and what you need before you proceed. If the parts, shipping, taxes and labor (if you don't do your own work) adds up to more than $600 or $700, which it can easily do, you might want to consider a new bike rather than upgrades.

Ask questions but make sure you give us information, too. What kind of bike it is...model number, for example...would be helpful.
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