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Old 05-20-24, 07:03 PM
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Originally Posted by don_87ST
Using a vintage bike would be fun. I am partial to Cannondale touring models, but there’s lots of good manufacturers to choose from. Older Miyata 600/610s are quite nice, too. Brand isn’t nearly as important as proper fit. The touring frames are rugged enough for what you’re planning, and make for a comfortable ride. Make sure the frame has cantilever brakes for bigger tire clearance.
Good old Mafac Racer centerpulls work very well and accept wider tires. I'm running 42 mm wide tires on one of my French bikes. (Pro tips for Mafacs: use Kool Stop pads and Nuovo Record levers in place of the too-long Mafac levers.)
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Old 05-20-24, 07:09 PM
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Originally Posted by orthogonal
Hello everyone, I was wondering if anyone could provide me with some ideas on how best to build this frame into a mid/long distance cycle-packing stead. I believe I've picked up a 1990's Holdsworth special frame? The previous owner said they had inherited the frame so I've little information on what this frame. My main issue is what group-set would best fit this bike, any advice would be awesome. I am unable to post any photos onto this forum due to my profile being new, I'll post some onto my profile.

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I owned a Special for several years, and it is still in the family. My older son is riding it now. I agree with Non-Fixie about this bike. It can be fitted with fenders but is not really suitable for loaded riding. As he said, it could be great for use as a randonneuse.
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Old 05-20-24, 09:10 PM
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Originally Posted by j19
I'd like to build a bikepacking bike based on a vintage frame...
SpeedofLite recently posted a (vintage) bike packing article here:

45 Years Ago: May 1979 in Bicycling magazine
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