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Old 02-02-10, 01:08 PM   #1
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Who has toured with mountain bikes?

I haven't toured yet. But I just sold my 'aluminum' cyclo-cross bike for a new 29er chromoly mountain bike. I'm adding drop bars, v brake levers, etc. Knobbies will be for off-road bikepacking. And slicks for the open road. If I do get a rear rack, it'll be the OMM Sherpa.
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I did my first 5 tours (and a lot of commuting) on an 80's hardtail rig. I'd probably still be riding it if I hadn't lost an argument with a car.





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^Nice.^ I did sell two 90's rigid MTB's (Trek/Diamond Back) sometime ago. Thinking now, I should of kept them.



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I set up a lot of mtn bikes for drop bar touring in the 80's for friends. It's what inspired me to have a custom 26" sport/tour bike. In the 80's so many people were touring on bikes with 19mm wide Rigida rims and overloaded road bikes. Good for wheel sales. Then when the lower cost mtn bike showed up beginning tourers simply used those and entry level touring road bikes evaporated
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I set up a lot of mtn bikes for drop bar touring in the 80's for friends. It's what inspired me to have a custom 26" sport/tour bike. In the 80's so many people were touring on bikes with 19mm wide Rigida rims and overloaded road bikes. Good for wheel sales. Then when the lower cost mtn bike showed up beginning tourers simply used those and entry level touring road bikes evaporated
Cool. Any photos?
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^Nice setup.^ What size is the frame?
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Old 02-02-10, 04:31 PM   #8
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I has toured - - all over.
Lucy has 100,000 miles on her.
1989 Trek 8000 - modified with drop bars.

Done dirt from Alaska to Louisiana -
From the Outer Banks to the California Coast Ranges.
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We have used mountain bikes for the past 10 years. We have added bar ends for extra comfort.
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^Nice bikes guys.^ Looks like a lot of fun.
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Cool. Any photos?
nope, sorry
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I believe his couple has been touring the world on mountain bikes mostly: http://www.downtheroad.org/

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Old 02-02-10, 09:43 PM   #13
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I've done a few tours on MTBs, the last one was a few months ago (I haven't finished writing the journal for that one). Basically I made very few alterations to it, except adding pannier racks and clipless pedals. If it's a tour with a LOT of dirt roads, I'd recommend it. While it won't have the efficiency of a touring bike, it will soak up a lot of punishment.

I may dig up a picture when I get home from work this evening if I remember.
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Sounds good Chris. Hope you remember. Just got my new bike. Pics will be up soon after conversion.
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I'm curious - -
How people feel about clipless vs platform w or w/out toe clips when touring on dirt.

I must confess I'm not into clipless at all - and have never had a single knee problem either.
But I also know that it's a lot easier to slide out on dirt than on pavement.
Plus, depending on how remote you are -
You have to do a lot more walking, lugging, climbing over barriers, etc.

I've done thousands of miles on dirt/gravel with toeclips and light hikers.
(Plus I've hiked deep into wilderness areas with ease.)
How about other people who've toured extensively on dirt/gravel?
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I have a couple of classic touring bikes: a Miyata 1000 and a Motobecane Super Touring and I’ve never toured on them. All my tours, equalling about 1 year altogether, have been on MTB trekking bikes. I like to tour on railtrails, tow paths, gravel roads, single track and generally under harsh conditions.

I’ve used a 1993 Rocky Mountain Hammer, a 1998 Bontrager Privateer S and a 2002 Norco Rampage. I use OMM racks with panniers and I have a BoB yak trailer as well. The Bontrager is my favourite and I have tour with it rigid, with a Salsa Cromoto fork and with suspension. I’m a Clydesdale so durability is a big concern and I use Shimano XT/XTR components - for comfort I use a Brooks Imperial saddle and recently converted from riser bars to trekking.

In adition I used platform peddles last season and I really like therm
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Centuries and mountain tours on a couple Trek 7000zx, front and back panniers, but no genuine long distance touring on those bikes, as yet. A super alum. platform, but the weight takes the fun out if it for me, and will pick a 700c bike when time and distance are important and its nice asphalt.. Current project has been de-racking and carbonizing one my ZXs to drop pounds, maybe I'll be happier afterwards. As far as clipless, I use mini toe clips on dirt, Powergrips for road, cages on my s/s and track bike, and I just hate everything about clipless systems, ... but I realize I'm not in a majority on this one.
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Yes, I did my very first tour on a mountain bike in the mid 80's and the nascent days of the mountain bike.

Nowadays I ride a 700c LHT for any touring I'm doing including portions of singletrack and much rough gravel two track and dirt.

If i were planning a big singletrack vacation i would get a 26" LHT and call it good instead of converting the best mountain bike in the garage for conversion, a long chainstayed specialized stumpjumper mid 80's style.
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I'm curious - -
How people feel about clipless vs platform w or w/out toe clips when touring on dirt.
I've used clipless pretty much exclusively on dirt. The Shimano MTB shoes with the cleats embedded in the sole are ideal for touring -- so much so that I use them when I'm touring on my hybrid on paved roads. I've also used them for hiking (did a 15 mile hike in them a couple of weeks ago) and they've never had a problem there either. I've had a grand total of one crash as a result of being unable to unclip (and that wasn't on a tour), and at the time I was going so slowly that it didn't particularly hurt.



Now for some pics of my current MTB that did the Western Australian tour back in September -- these were taken during a "shakedown" tour on the long weekend in June around Crows Nest in Queensland.





I still have yet to add a front pannier rack, or replace the rear rack that only barely stood up to what I put it through in WA. The most impressive part of my rig is actually the tyres. The GEAX Evolutions are just about ideal for touring IMO. They are the most robust and durable tyre I've ever seen. I once got 15,773km between flats on a set which included touring, commuting (i.e. riding over broken glass just about everyday) and general cycling. The current front tyre on my MTB is a Geax that I first fitted to an old bike over six years ago, and it's still going strong.
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Just waiting for new cable/housing to arrive so I can wrap the bars.

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who makes that frameset? looks good.....
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who makes that frameset? looks good.....
Dawes chromoly frame/fork with disc tabs. Hubs are disc ready. Rear hub has removable spacers for a cassette. If I do go with gears, it'll be 1x9 with a Shimano bar end shifter.
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^Nice setup.^ What size is the frame?
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18.5" or 19" I think

Are you planning on touring with that single speed?
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