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Old 06-20-10, 10:56 PM   #1
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Hello I'm John!

I'm interested in loaded bike touring. But I have a problem! The only bike I own is a Schwinn continental and shes 41 pounds. Although I'm in flat Florida its still a bit much for loaded touring. I've searched every where (I think): Craigslist, ebay, local bike stores, news papers. I still cant find a deceit touring rig. Anyone have any spot they buy used bikes? Anyone have a touring bike for sale?

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Old 06-21-10, 04:53 AM   #2
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How much money are you willing to spend for a good touring bicycle.I would get the Surly LHT.You are right 41 pounds to start off with is way to much by the time you did load it up it would just be to hard I think to ride.
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If the bike you have fits well, take measurements and find yourself a touring frame on-line etc. and build yourself a bike to your own specs. If the frame doesn't fit well, get fitted at your LBS and find a frame in the recomended size either on-line or search ebay or CL for frames if you haven't already. REI has some nice touring bikes also. They sell Novarra (their brand) and Surly LHT's also....if they have them back in stock again....
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If you add up your weight, let's say 180 lbs., 30 lbs. for many of the bikes listed and 50 lbs. of gear, you're at 260 lbs. With the Continental, you'd be at 271. In that context, the Continental doesn't add all that much to the total. I know it wouldn't be ideal, but it may make a good touring bike. It certainly is stout enough for the job. The biggest problem will be hills, and you've indicated you won't have many.

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You can get an adapter for the bottom bracket and use a modern comact double on it and if you cold set the frame you can even get an 8 speed cassette on the back, get an aluminum wheelset, they are available in 27 inch and if its a continental it should have aluminum bars and you should be able to fit an alloy Nitto stem in there. For less money (if you shop wisely) you can fix up this old stud and have a killer bike to tour on than a new bike. I had an old Continental and I got it down to 28 lbs before installing a rack and some other stuff so thats in the range of the LHT I think, you need to check with someone with a LHT to get the weight for sure. Only two things will survive the nuclear blast. Cockroaches and Schwinn electro forged frames
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Fit your Schwinn out with racks and do a tour or two. If it looks like touring may be your thing, then consider investing in a dedicated touring bike, new or used. Be careful about fit. Fit is First.
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Old 06-28-10, 02:20 AM   #7
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Wow thanks for the advice everyone!
I looked into surly and the REI brand touring bikes but there a bit out of my price range, me being a poor college kat and all.

I wish we had an REI in Florida! I didnt even know they existed until I worked on a trail crew in New Hampshire and a crew mate needed some new shoes. I was like a kid in a candy store.

I'm thinking about turning my Schwinn in to a fixed speed for tooling around town when school starts up again. Anyone have any advice on how to do that?

I bought a touring bike on eBay for $260; I hope thats a good deal. Its a 1985 panasonic touring deluxe bike it fits me in all the measurements. If it doesn't turn out well I have 3 days to return it (eek). It has 27'' tires do you all think I should switch to 700? Is that possible on this bike? Maybe upgrade any components? The research I did made it seem like a excellent bike!

I work at night so its hard to ride as often as I like which is a bit stressful cause I like to ride to relax. Also its a bit dangerous to ride at night around here. I cant wait till the fall! I hope to ride my new rig from St. Augustine to the keys then.

Thanks for the advice and general chit chat! ^_^
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http://www.sheldonbrown.com/tire_sizing.html

if your 27" wheels are 630mm in diameter, 700C wheels should fit fine (they are 622mm)
you'll have to change your wheels though
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