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    using cannondale caad9 as a touring bike

    Planning a long tour and I would like to use my cannondale road bike. Any recommendations for rack and pannier systems? Rear rack has to attach to seat post. Has anyone used the Topeak rack and bag with panniers? Doesn't seem to be any other options. Thanks.

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    I went with the trailer because of the short rear stays. Panniers plus my size 12 feet= heel strike.

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    ...and by the way, my mom wants her snowmobile back...

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    Unless you're talking about credit cart touring, then I second getting a trailer. Seatpost racks can carry a very limited amount of stuff (usually 15-20 lbs), and they will crack if you overload them.

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    Thanks for the picture! How was your seat for the long ride? Would you recommend upgrading to a Brooks?

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    Ask your backside what saddle it likes , its the authority..
    many Brooks models , now .. advantage .. Leather is porous
    so butt sweat can evaporate thru it .. and break it in, ... then down, if not treated.

    Brooks Pro, may be suitable .. if you ride with race style posture and handle bar height..

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    H'm, someone wants to tour on a road bike? Must be Wednesday.

    How long is "long?" The longer the tour, the more you will likely want things like low gearing, wide tires, a more upright position, a comfortable frame and so forth.

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    Eeeek. Just built up a CAAD 9 as a short ride climbing bike. That sucker is a pogo stick! Roughest riding bike I was ever on. Gimme steel, heavy aluminum, or carbon any day. My $129 Nashbar road frame rides better than that. Suggest you buy one of those or their touring frame and swap out the components. You should also get one of their cheap carbon forks since you won't need a front rack.

    But back to your post, since you're probably going to ignore my first paragraph: Tubus has a rack that attaches to the rear skewer. No braze-ons necessary. As long as your load is light, that'll work. Put tape under the seat stay attachments. Talk to this guy:
    http://www.thetouringstore.com/
    about the rack and its attachments.

    For panniers, I suggest the lightweight ones from Pacific Outdoor Equipment. I have the LTW Rear Fenders. They are light and well-made. They have a photo of exactly what you are talking about here:
    http://pacoutdoor.com/bike-gear/view/swingline

    I'd call and ask them what rack they advise and how the bag stays out of the rear wheel. Even with an aluminum seatpost, you're going to have to keep the weight way down with a post mounted rack. I'd ask some manufacturers where their limits are, if you go that way.

    I slapped a 26T Salsa ring on the triple crankset. Works great.
    Last edited by Carbonfiberboy; 08-25-10 at 05:52 PM.

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    You could go with a frame, bar, and seatpost bag setup like the bikepackers do. See this website for purchase or idea (mostly mtb pictures but you get the idea and can adapt to a road bike):

    http://www.revelatedesigns.com/

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    The key to comfort on the CAAD9 (or any stiff bike) lies in tire/PSI selection. With 28's at 70psi (totally personal), My crit bike rides every bit as complaint as any carbon/steel/titanium bike I have ridden. I have plenty of back to back 100+ mile days to back up this claim. As for the seat, again it's personal preference. I use the same seat that I always ride. My butt and the sella italia flite are long time friends.
    Quote Originally Posted by RyanF View Post
    ...and by the way, my mom wants her snowmobile back...

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    Thank you so much for the suggestions!

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    aggro_jo, I'm not sure from your post if you have a CAAD or another "crit-bike" so can I ask if one can really fit 28mm tires on a CAAD9 (or new CAAD10)? Not many racing bikes have the clearance these days (either at fork/frame or with the brakes), so I'm wondering if CAAD9 will work. If so, I'm going to put it on my wish list!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pacificaslim View Post
    aggro_jo, I'm not sure from your post if you have a CAAD or another "crit-bike" so can I ask if one can really fit 28mm tires on a CAAD9 (or new CAAD10)? Not many racing bikes have the clearance these days (either at fork/frame or with the brakes), so I'm wondering if CAAD9 will work. If so, I'm going to put it on my wish list!
    I apologize for the cell pic. Yeah, my bike is a CAAD9 with Durace 7800 brakes and it fits 28's just barely. The clearance was so tight that I took a 25 foldable with me in case I dinged a rim out of true on a rails to trails tour. On pavement they would work super. Hope this helps.
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    ...and by the way, my mom wants her snowmobile back...

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    Thanks! It lets me consider the CAAD 9 to be more of an all-around bike than I previously had and so I might end up getting one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcogirly View Post
    Planning a long tour and I would like to use my cannondale road bike. Any recommendations for rack and pannier systems? Rear rack has to attach to seat post. Has anyone used the Topeak rack and bag with panniers? Doesn't seem to be any other options. Thanks.
    Check out this tread. Lots of approaches to touring on a roadish bike.

    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-one-saddlebag.

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    no other options ?, here's another trailer .. replaces all panniers and racks ..
    http://www.biketrailershop.com/burle...er-p-1310.html
    Might want a HB bag to put snacks and the point and shoot camera in there..

    another one :
    http://www.biketrailershop.com/extra...ers-c-208.html

    BoB trailer Previously mentioned
    http://www.biketrailershop.com/bob-y...er-p-1359.html
    Last edited by fietsbob; 08-26-10 at 01:27 PM.

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