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Old 09-25-12, 12:31 AM   #1
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Did I Find My Touring Bike???

Hey Guys & Gals,

I've been checking craigslist all throughout Arizona for 5 or 6 weeks now looking for a touring bike. I think I finally found it! But I want your expert opinions before I take the leap. I'm planning on riding the TransAm next summer, think this bike's equipped to get me across?

It's the exact size I've been looking for, 58cm. What do y'all think? Good deal?

http://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/bik/3294725032.html
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Old 09-25-12, 02:17 AM   #2
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I only do local rides. No touring exp. yet. But I have ridden some aluminum framed bikes and compared them to my various steel bikes. I am in my 40's. When I ride aluminum framed bikes i feel like they have beaten me up, especially over longer distances. So when i read that ad for the bike you are looking at, I see an issue with the aluminum frame. I dont want to ride that frame. I have read that Cannondale touring bikes from the 90's that had aluminum frames were considered harsher riding than steel bikes.

The other thing i spotted in that add is the FSA crankset. I have been shopping for cranksets for my bikes. Reviews I have read about FSA cranksets generally are not so good. They are cheaper than Shimano generally, and often included in new bikes to keep costs down from an all Shimano component bike, from what i think i know.

So what i would do with those parts is take them all off and put them on a steel frame, and get a better crankset. I might pass on the deal, because if you arent going to use the frame or crankset it isnt such a great deal.

I wouldnt want to ride that frame on a tour. That is just me, and i havent ridden that exact frame. But i can tell you i did a 30 mile ride for example on a Fuji 1990's hybrid aluminum frame on a rented bike and i felt beat up. I have an aluminum framed folding bike and it feels like it beats me up in long distances too. I rode 50 miles on my Jamis steel framed touring bike yesterday and i feel fine.

I also test road a modern low-end Trek aluminum road bike (with carbon forks) not too long ago and i didnt like the ride either (comparing it for example with my 1982 Trek steel framed bike.)

You could get a new Surly LHT frame for about $400 and move all those parts over. It would be better.

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Old 09-25-12, 06:31 AM   #3
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Looks great. If it fits, buy it.
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Old 09-25-12, 06:47 AM   #4
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It looks pretty nice to me if it suits your preferences and fits well.

On the aluminum frame... I have toured on steel and toured on aluminum and find aluminum to be fine. Frame material has way less effect on ride harshness than tire choice and pressure. I recently rode from San Diego to Sarasota on a very stiff aluminum Cannondale Criterium bike from 1990-ish and found it to be a joy to ride.
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Old 09-25-12, 06:53 AM   #5
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an aluminum frame made for touring probably won't have a harsh ride. I've heard great things about the nashbar frame. That's a smokin' deal on a full touring bike too. Check for wear on the chainrings and wiggle all moving parts to make sure they don't have any play. Looks good to me. : )
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Old 09-25-12, 06:54 AM   #6
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frame and setup is pretty much what i used for transam and roundOz.
(plus front panniers and trailer...but i carried way too much)
looks good.
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Great for touring and a so nice price.

My FSA cranks were good for 18,000 miles.
I have 10,000 miles on my aluminum touring bike.

A good ride is all about the tires and psi.
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Thanks everyone, I'm going to try and get it asap!!!
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Good luck. I hope you get it and it works out well.
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Looks like a great touring setup. Post back whether you were able to get it or not.

Just an FYI for the future - posting a link to the ad might not be the best idea - you could be inviting someone to beat you to it.
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Looks like a great touring setup. Post back whether you were able to get it or not.

Just an FYI for the future - posting a link to the ad might not be the best idea - you could be inviting someone to beat you to it.
Beat me to it! I'd scurry to it if possible.

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Old 09-25-12, 10:14 PM   #12
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Looks like a great touring setup. Post back whether you were able to get it or not.

Just an FYI for the future - posting a link to the ad might not be the best idea - you could be inviting someone to beat you to it.
Just picked it up! She's gorgeous!!! And agreed, in the future I won't link the ad.
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Great deal if it fits.
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Hey Guys & Gals,

I've been checking craigslist all throughout Arizona for 5 or 6 weeks now looking for a touring bike. I think I finally found it! But I want your expert opinions before I take the leap. I'm planning on riding the TransAm next summer, think this bike's equipped to get me across?

It's the exact size I've been looking for, 58cm. What do y'all think? Good deal?

http://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/bik/3294725032.html
Not quite a Surly LHT, but it looks like a good commuter/hybrid/touring bike. Should do well for your needs
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