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Old 05-03-11, 07:38 PM   #1
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Ceverlo conversion to touring bike

A few years ago I wanted to do a triathlon. So, I bought an entry-level Cervelo triathlon bike, and did Ironman Canada. I was so accustom to biking, that I kept at it. The geometry on my triathlon bike was comfortable, so I thought it would convert nicely into a commuter. So I did that. Now I want to go touring, so, with that same logic, I have re-converted the bike into a touring bike. Basically, I inherited the minimalistic SS commuter feel and needed to add a rack. There aren't any braze-on or eyelets, and it is a compact bike, the only option I had was Tubus logos with quick release skewer. My first voyage will be a 1-nighter next week. Anyways, here it is (sans the Strata Wireless, front, and rear lights): photo.jpg

Edit: note: oh yea, the duct tape is covering the Cervelo logos. And, yes, I know that I missed the logos on the seatpost and saddle.
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Old 05-03-11, 08:11 PM   #2
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Why cover the logos? That looks like a pretty high gear ratio..
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Why cover the logos? That looks like a pretty high gear ratio..
Deter [Cervelo] bike thieves.

I commute 30km daily on that high gear...
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That deters thieves from stealing your bike? Mm.. That thing wouldn't last 20 minutes in New York.. Duct tape and all..

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Take that silly duct tape off.
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Old 05-04-11, 02:25 AM   #7
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Haters gonna hate.
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Now that is something I would never have expected to see here.

If you get into touring, you'll prob want something better suited to crossing mountains.

If budget is an issue, there are options buying used. A good pre-shock Mtn bike can be converted.

Have fun, let us know how it goes.
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If you're going to credit card tour, no prob. If you're going to carry a tent and sleeping bag, get new wheels. On my light tourer, I've got Mavic Open Pros with 36 spokes. Never been a problem. If I were to do heavy touring, I'd get a heaver touring wheelset.
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I don't think anybody's hating
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That rocks, dude! Tell us about the setup - Cervelo model and year, your height and weight, wheels, tires, bars, panniers, gears, shifters, anything else you can think of. You done good, real good. If I didn't tour on our tandem, that's what I'd do with my carbon Trek. Looks like you'll have your gear weight down around 25 lbs.?
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I say as long as you're comfortable on the bike for hours at a time and it will carry all that you need, then great, go for it.

BUT........ for it to have become a TRUE touring bike then you really should have used green duct tape.
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Race bike ? tow a 2 wheel trailer.
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Love it! Two thoughts though ...

That seat angle makes my hands hurt just looking at it.
Cover the whole bike in duct tape.
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