1990's Avanti Super Sprint Triathlon
Picked it up like this for $180
Everything in good condition, infact i rode it the 10km home on the day i picked it up (having not ridden more than 100m on a bicycle for about 8 years). Have gradually been changing things around, while using it as my daily commuter.
Modifications and add ons to date
- Reflective tape added to frame and racks
- Front and rear racks installed
- Under saddlebag with rear light installed
- Minimorph pump strapped on
- LED front light installed
-Pedals replaced with Shimano 105 (had added toe cages to the originals, but the bearings were getting pretty bad)
Frame - Avanti Tange 5 CR-Mo
Bars - Sakae anatomic bend
Brakes - Diacomp BBS Blaze
Hubs - Suntour FH 36 spoke
Rims - Alesa 700c
Tyres - Vittoria lake Taupo cycle challenge 700c 23
Shifters and other components are all suntour, giving me 14 speeds
Racks are alloy Bor Yueh
Panniers are Palco sports (picked up the racks and panniers as a deal from a couple of tourers finishing their trip)
Pump is a topeak minimorph, saddle/tool bag is also topeak
This is my typical commuting set up
And fully loaded
All loaded up for a test run yesterday (60km over some interesting roads)
In the rear bags i have my tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, stove, fuel, pot/pan etc and a change of clothes. Loaded out the front with some water bottles just to get the feel down. Pretty happy with this set up, i can fit everything i need to travel for as long as i care to inside the bags (not a fan of having things strapped on the back, this probably comes from stuff flying off while motorcycling). This also gives me the option of moving the tent to the top of the rack to free up space in the panniers if i want it.
To Do: fit zounds air horn, piece together a tool kit, add water bottle cages (for my fuel bottle, i have a camel back which straps nicely to the front rack), just got a handle bar bag with map pocket.
Would be nice to have a lower set of gears, but even fully loaded i can manage to climb anything i have come across.
My next trip, and first on a bicycle (tho i have done alot of tramping on and off trail before, as well as motorcycle touring, last one going from New York to LA) Will be from Invercargill to Nelson (the length of the South Island, New Zealand. I live in the North Island) over about 14 days