Hello, I currently ride a 90s Ross Professional Gran Tour bike. It's an older steel bike, pretty fun. However, I wouldn't trust it on the tours I want to go on. At the same time, I've fallen in love with my dad's new bike. Bought it on craigslist, Shimano 105 components, 30 speed, Spicer frame, 700c wheels, awesome bike.
I don't necessarily want to tour with that thing, but I'm kinda wanting something more...robust, so I can use it on rides that aren't touring. But still tour-able. Ideally, I'd like a bike where, after an hour in the garage, it can go from a credit card touring bike to a college campus commuter bike to a hill-killing road bike. And under $600 if possible. :/
I'm thinking that I might sacrifice some of the ruggedness for some weight and agility. I'd love to pack on 50 pounds and just tackle the wilderness, but I don't want to ride a minivan either. I'm thinking I could pack 20 pounds or less, consisting of clothes, a little food, bike repair stuff, toiletries, first aid kit, map and electronics.
Anyone have any tips on building a light touring bike? Starting with the frame, I'm thinking of getting the Nashbar Cyclocross frame. Some stuff like the saddle, the tires, the stem, the headset, I can take from my Ross. It's got Shimano components already that work great so I can definitely make some use of those.
What do you think? Crazy talk? Realistic? Better off buying a bike instead? Better off restoring my steel one?
By the way, here's a rough idea of what tours I'd be going on, just some brainstorming.
-Tennessee, East to West
-Texas, East to West