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Old 03-07-13, 06:30 PM   #1
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Using a Canondale Cyclocross for touring - any opinions?

Hello,

I am going touring in SW Ireland on March 22nd with my father. Last minute planning! I have already invested in Ortlieb panniers and considering what to do now. I have a Canondale Cyclocross Disc 2. I was wondering would it be a good idea to use this bike for the touring trip? In fact if I do invest in this bike it will be used long term for commuting and future tours too. The alternative is to use an 'old' Raleigh sports bike (10 speed). This has some connections for fitting a rack and may be easier to fit a rack to versus the Canondale. I would prefer to invest in the Canondale however.

Does anybody have any opinions on this? For instance, is this bike suitable for touring (e.g. frame strength)? Are there any racks which people could recommend? Would the bike be damaged through carrying extra weight? If anybody has any insight to assist my decision making, I would be most grateful.

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Old 03-07-13, 07:13 PM   #2
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There are folks touring the coast on all sorts of bikes , It will be fine, if you can securely mount
the luggage aboard.

I recommend Tubus racks since you asked , And and you have Ortlieb's Dry Panniers.

I cannot help you mount racks from a Keyboard , Bike Shop Mechanics can.
( Nor do I own a Cannondale disc cross bike, But if in front of me Id figure out something)

QR Skewer Mount and seat stay P clips will fit a lot of odd setups.

If the Old 10 speed fits and the low gear goes way down to 1:1 ..
or you aren't tackling the Hills in Donnegal's Mountains ..

though hill walking is always a fine way to see the countryside..

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Old 03-07-13, 08:30 PM   #3
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I was considering a cyclocross bike as a daily commuter and light tourer, the only issue I came up with was mounting a front rack. I prefer a more aggressive riding position anyway so I knew it would work for me, but I knew, for my instance, that it would be worth it to split the difference in geometry and get something better suited to mounting front panniers as I know I want to do longer tours....

Your bike should have no problem holding the weight, the issue will be that the weight and high bb height can be a little much to handle. A small price to pay for saving a bunch of money and having a light and quick bike. A mentioned, gearing should match the terrain your riding, but that's an easy fix.. Have fun on your tour.. I'm jealous...
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Thank you for the responses. I will check out the racks and clips you suggest.

I didn't think of the gearing issue. I need to check this, especially given the extra weight.

Looking forward to it. Thanks again.
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If you are going to buy a cyclo-xross bike, and go touring, then get one with touring features. Race CX bikes are stripped of most useful stuff like eyelets and even chainstay bridges.
I know you can use p-clips or seatpost-clamp racks but why plan on using 2nd-rate hacks when you can have proper bolt-on accessories that are lighter, stronger and more reliable.
You wont find a CX fork with mid-blade rack eyelets but it is easy to change forks.
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If you are going to buy a cyclo-xross bike, and go touring, then get one with touring features. Race CX bikes are stripped of most useful stuff like eyelets and even chainstay bridges.
I know you can use p-clips or seatpost-clamp racks but why plan on using 2nd-rate hacks when you can have proper bolt-on accessories that are lighter, stronger and more reliable.
You wont find a CX fork with mid-blade rack eyelets but it is easy to change forks.
The OP already has the bike, so hes debating on investing some money into a bike he aldready owns vs. getting a purpose built tourer...
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Kinda depends on the weight you're carrying but I'd start with these to mount the panniers on the front, hopefully you got the smaller front panniers, then get a platform rack on the back for top loads.


http://www.oldmanmountain.com/Pages/...rontRacks.html

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This guy has your same bike and seems to have it set up well for touring. Looks like a nice bike. Because you have all the extra cyclocross frame clearance you'll be able to put on some heavier tires. I'd recommend something like 700x28 gatorskins or 700x28 continental 4-seasons tires for loaded touring.

http://www.catfishracing.com/Photo%2...mo_Disc_2.html
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is this bike suitable for touring (e.g. frame strength)?
Are there any racks which people could recommend?
Would the bike be damaged through carrying extra weight? .

Joey.
I'm guessing the frame and fork are strong enough if you and the load aren't especially heavy. Wheels are usually where overloaded rigs start failing. How much stuff are you carrying?
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This guy has your same bike and seems to have it set up well for touring. Looks like a nice bike. Because you have all the extra cyclocross frame clearance you'll be able to put on some heavier tires. I'd recommend something like 700x28 gatorskins or 700x28 continental 4-seasons tires for loaded touring.

http://www.catfishracing.com/Photo%2...mo_Disc_2.html
Wow! That is incredible.
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I'm guessing the frame and fork are strong enough if you and the load aren't especially heavy. Wheels are usually where overloaded rigs start failing. How much stuff are you carrying?
I think I'll have about 20kg in total. I have just the rear panniers so all the weight will be on the back of the bike.
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You can definitely use your CX bike. I've toured over a 1,000+ miles on my BH RX1 on handbuilt 24/28 wheels with zero issues. Have you considered softbags? I know you already have the Ortliebs but it's something you might want to consider.

I'm leaving for a 500mi tour this Friday and decided to take my "touring" bike with full panniers instead of my BH. After packing I've found that both bikes have roughly the same carrying capacity (although with the BH I bring a Wingnut Hyper 3.0 backpack for the light fluffy stuff). Soft bags are much lighter, no hardware to break and no issues trying to mount a rack. Plus you get better weight distribution compared to just packing everything on your back wheel.

Just a thought.

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Hi TheSergeant,

I have no idea what "softbags" are. Do you have any links so I can get an idea what they are/do/look like/cost/etc?

Thanks for your reply.
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