She is not loaded but I wanted to show you folks my 80' Holdsworth Mistral set up for touring. Having lots of parts lying about but no real touring specific frame and no spare cash (except for a few bits) I decided to build around one of my most comfortable steel frames. I was really bitten by the tour-camping bug. I am going to do the UP tour this early summer and anything else I can fit in. Being a Mistral she only came with Campy drops and the only braze-ons are for one water bottle so I used a lot of stainless rubber-coated straps from Nashbar to get things bolted on securely. The extra bottle cages (there will be one more on the bottom of the down tube) are Minoura "strap-on" type and seem pretty solid. I used protective rubber straps between the stainless clamp strap and the frame as well. It's a Campy Mirage group with new Dia-Compe long-reach center-pull brakes from Harris Cyclery with Salmon Cool Stop pads allowing me to fit some really heavy duty 26 inch 36 hole rims I pulled off one of many garage-sale finds... In this case a womens frame Trek "Navigator" from roughly 2003 or so. Ancient Sun-Tour bar-end shifters from my other Holdsworth (An Elan Frame) with a Sun-Tour clamp-on cable-stop on the down-tube. Tru-Vativ external bearings hollow-crank MTB crank with 44, 32 and 22 rings. 13 thru 28 7 speed freewheel in back. Wippermann 7 spd chain. Carbon fiber touring bar with Brooks tape and some really great Cane Creek aero brake calipers. Nashbar front racks. Rear rack... I cannot remember. I will be using my tried and true old Breeze Grocery Panniers for rears with lightweight dry-bags for clothing and such from my kayak camping days since those panniers are just wide-open Grocery panniers and just got a pair of the Nashbar front Panniers for the front. I will get it loaded and add a new pic.
I am so excited!
The tires are brand new 1998 Kenda 26 X 1.5 road tires I bought back then when still chain-smoking and just "thinking" of biking... The aluminum fenders are from a German made 3-speed Man's bike I bought at another garage sale 4 years ago. That was a funky looking straight-gauge gas-pipe frame with a unique take on a 3 speed hub and poor rim brakes... The fenders looked pretty good after fine steel wool and polish. The bike rides really well on the 26 inch wheels. Quite a different feel than the original 700's she had but a little more comfortable on our slab concrete side roads. Feels great and pedals well. Very low granny this way too.
Thanks to you all for all the wonderful knowledge you are sharing and the great pictures and inspiration!
David in Oak Park Michigan...