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Old 03-30-16, 11:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
Yeah 1 1/4 Paselas. I ride a lot of rutted chipseal roads and they just glide over them. I actually like 27's better than 700c now.

Now if someone told me I could pick out one bike and have that be my only bike forever it would be an '83 Trek 640.
Be patient and you'll find this bike or something close. I picked up a 1984 Trek 610 frame last year which I rebuilt and I picked up a 1978 Trek TX 900 this spring which needs some serious work. I built the 610 with a triple as a long distance machine; I'll build the 900 along the lines of the '83 640 with campy stuff. Both are great bikes.

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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
Be patient and you'll find this bike or something close. I picked up a 1984 Trek 610 frame last year which I rebuilt and I picked up a 1978 Trek TX 900 this spring which needs some serious work. I built the 610 with a triple as a long distance machine; I'll build the 900 along the lines of the '83 640 with campy stuff. Both are great bikes.

Yep I like that. It's my favorite color as well.
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Old 03-30-16, 11:46 AM
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So far this Specialized Sequoia has been living up to it's reputation.

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My entire fleet is almost entirely Sports Tourers.

Fuji Finest
Schwinn Voyageur II
Raleigh Clubman
Schwinn Super Le Tour
Raleigh Grand Sports
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Old 03-30-16, 03:24 PM
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow View Post
Congrats on the Pug. Looks very elegant!

So what does a French fit leave you showing seat post wise?
Saw I still owed you an answer on this one. I haven't yet found the daylight for a decent pic, but this is it, during the first test ride. Still room for a small fist, I'd say.

The test ride more than met my already high expectations, I might add, even with the old crappy tires.

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That looks great, @non-fixie. It looks like one of those models you would choose if you had to choose only one bike. Good for spirited rides and also for touring and commuting and hauling.
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Originally Posted by non-fixie View Post
Saw I still owed you an answer on this one. I haven't yet found the daylight for a decent pic, but this is it, during the first test ride. Still room for a small fist, I'd say.

The test ride more than met my already high expectations, I might add, even with the old crappy tires.

Oww, I like that ! Very nicely put together. Hard to go wrong when you have such a nice looking frame to start with.

My Reason for the seatpost inquiry was the mistaken idea that French fit meant the SP was literally down the chute leaving the saddle riding the top bar.

good to see otherwise. Hope you eventually find daylight and throw us some more shots of that tourer!
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Old 03-30-16, 07:08 PM
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Old 03-31-16, 06:26 PM
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Previous iteration of my Trek 630. Currently sporting drops and seeing less nature.
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Old 03-31-16, 06:59 PM
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Perilously close to being an all time favorite!

Right up there with NB's Singer and Bruce Gordon.

That color scheme just knocks me out.
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Originally Posted by gomango View Post
Perilously close to being an all time favorite!

Right up there with NB's Singer and Bruce Gordon.

That color scheme just knocks me out.
thanks Grady! NB's Hobbs as well.
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Old 04-01-16, 03:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Vonruden View Post
thanks Grady! NB's Hobbs as well.
Yes, the Hobbs is special as well.

Sometimes, certain bikes just grab me though and this Weigle has a certain "look" that I find extra appealing.
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Originally Posted by gomango View Post
Yes, the Hobbs is special as well.

Sometimes, certain bikes just grab me though and this Weigle has a certain "look" that I find extra appealing.
It's an even better rider. I'm looking for a good chromoly front rack for Hub level panniers as it already has the mid fork mounts. Open to recommendations. Thanks
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Old 04-01-16, 04:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Vonruden View Post
It's an even better rider. I'm looking for a good chromoly front rack for Hub level panniers as it already has the mid fork mounts. Open to recommendations. Thanks
I would look into a Tubus Tara.

Actually, Tubus has a few options on their site that look nice.

I just ordered one for my Hollands. Should work great with my Madden bags.

Edit: Check them out at thetouringstore.com. Free shipping if I remember correctly.
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Old 04-04-16, 11:30 AM
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Hot out of the shop (well, actually it's 26deg out here). This is a '76 Fuji "The Finest". Their first year for an extended fork/stays to jump over to the sport touring class. This little baby is light, even with the ultra heavy wirebead Bontrager B 25s in weighs in at 22.5lbs. This is my loaner bike for friends that visit and need a bike to ride with me.


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My 1968 Gitane Hosteler. It is currently in pieces awaiting cleanup and restoration.

Nice, now I have seen a few around.
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Originally Posted by eschlwc View Post
motobecane's best sport tourer model was their grand record. this one is from '76 or so.



this one's a 700c conversion with modern tektro dual-pivots (with a longer caliper in the rear).

in addition to the geometry, clearance and eyelets common to sport tourers, this grand record also has a beefier rear triangle, facilitating stability when loaded down with touring gear, or in my case, with box wine, a gallon of milk and rest of the week's groceries.
What is that rear rack you are using?
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What is that rear rack you are using?
vintage blackburn
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Anyone seen a Fuji Segras before? This is a nice cheap sport touring candidate for sale.


Fuji Segras Commuter Road Bike

https://www.classicfuji.com/1987_16_Sagres_Page.htm


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Great photos, guys. This way, I have a good gauge of what to keep an eye out for.
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The new term for "Sport Tourer" is "Endurance Bike", and all the bike companies make them. They even conform to Bikemig's rules. They sell more of them than all of their racing and touring bikes combined. Why? They are less expensive and fulfill most riders needs.

It was the same way back in the day, most of all of the road bikes made were Sport Tourers. They don't get as much attention because they weren't as unique and expensive. They are our daily riders. They do everything well. We are more apt to customize them to our riding needs, mix and match if you will.

Thanks to Bikemig for starting this thread, Sports Tourers are the bread and butter of C&V bikes.
Today's gravel road/adventure bikes are a modern update of the C&V Sports Tourers. A jack-of-all-trades and do-it-all bike. What was old is new again. A tweener bike mid-way between a full-on touring bike and a road bike is the kind of bike most people are shopping for because they can do nearly everything you want them to do but ride fast. Good to know some things haven't changed.
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My 1987 Marinoni SLX Sports Tourer (that's what Simonne Marinoni called it when I asked about the serial number). This bike always makes me want to ride farther. Love that Gilles Berthoud Aravis saddle on the VO Long Setback seat post. It has Compass 28mm tires most of the time, but can fit 32mm when I want to slow the steering a bit (when I do any actual credit card touring). There are clever fender mounts inside the steerer tube and under the rear brake bridge, but fenders would reduce the maximum tire size to 26mm.



And besides, I have this 1979 Miyata 912 (bought new, extensively updated, never repainted) with fenders over similar 28mm tires. Yes, it has the same Sachs 8-spd Ergo/Ritchey triple setup as the Marinoni. Surprisingly, that tilt with the Lepper saddle works, although I am considering a Rivet Independence for this bike to get more saddle setback on a 26.8mm seat post with less tilt. I have two sizes of bags that clip onto the fittings on the seat posts; the larger and more heavily loaded rests on the rack, where those little bungee cords keep it from bouncing.



Here's my wife's new Independent Fabrication Gravel Royale (replaced her lovely custom Erickson that no longer fit and has a crack in the frame), supporting NormanF's assertion about where these bikes can be found now. The chain stays are just as long as the Marinoni's, but look shorter because of the 32mm tires and slack seat tube angle. She uses a different brand of bag that also clips to her seat post fitting. BTW, all the racks on these bikes are Tubus stainless - Fly on my bikes, an older Luna on my wife's - that can attach to either a seat stay fitting or brake bolt, as on the Miyata.


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I think these qualify, if not a bit loosely



and my wifes

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I think these qualify, if not a bit loosely



and my wifes

Great looking bikes, for sure.

Practical and something you don't see so often in the case of the top two.

Your wife's is cool as well. Hopefully you guys get to ride together on occasion.
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They'll never win a pro circuit race or take you on loaded expeditions for thousands of miles - but as practical, every day transportation, the classic sports tourer steals your heart for how it makes living easier and brings places you'd have walk to within a ride's reach of home.
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