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Fit for Touring? (Bridgestone Kabuki)

Old 03-22-13, 07:33 PM
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Fit for Touring? (Bridgestone Kabuki)

I have the chance to buy this Bridgestone Kabuki Cromo X-12. I just need a bike for a tour (San Fran to Pismo Beach) i'm doing on Highway 1 in California. I'm taking the minimalist approach so I will only have a back rack with panniers and a small front handle bar pouch. I turn to you guys because most of you always have good input. The price is $240. Let me know if this is worth it!

Here is the AD:

https://austin.craigslist.org/bid/3693557188.html

Thanks,
Adam
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Old 03-22-13, 07:49 PM
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how much do you weigh?

you're going to want lower gearing than that for big sur
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Originally Posted by Creme Brulee View Post
how much do you weigh?

you're going to want lower gearing than that for big sur
I weigh 160. I'm pretty sure its a 14 speed with pretty low gears.
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Old 03-23-13, 01:56 AM
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Not low enough from looking at the crankset, cassette and rear derailleur. You're going to want a triple crankset with a small 26-28t chainring, a 32t cassette and long cage rear derailleur. These upgrades will cost you $$$ if you end up changing the entire drivetrain on this bike. Also make sure the chainstay is 440mm min. to avoid heel strike with panniers. You might better off to look for a different bike for touring, IMO.
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Originally Posted by AdamSac View Post
I weigh 160. I'm pretty sure its a 14 speed with pretty low gears.
You are mistaken. Compare to any touring bike on bikepedia or wherever and you will see the difference.

Overpriced to boot.
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$100 too much.
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I would agree this bike isn't well suited to touring. It is a pretty basic entry level sports model. You want something at least a little higher in quality with more better gearing. Also the bike seems to be overpriced by about $100. Aslo if your looking for a bike on a budget for light touring you may want to consider a nicer a hard framed Moutain bike from the late 80's early 90's they are fairly inexpensive and can be set to make fairly nice touring bikes.
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