Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  

Go Back   > >

Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling Do you enjoy centuries, double centuries, brevets, randonnees, and 24-hour time trials? Share ride reports, and exchange training, equipment, and nutrition information specific to long distance cycling. This isn't for tours, this is for endurance events cycling

User Tag List

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-16-11, 02:12 PM   #1
Senior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Eugene, OR
Bikes: 2009 Scott Addict R3, 2003 Cannondale XR1000
Posts: 60
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Adding another bike to the stable for randonnage + commutes - what should I consider?

I've owned a Scott Addict for the past 14 months and have done about 20 centuries on it, mostly solo self supported. I rode a doozy yesterday with no water or cell phone coverage between me and my destination, and realized I had severe limitations for bottle and tool storage on the bike.

The thing is, I'd like to go farther, and I'd like a bike that can accommodate gear without being a slug. My natural inclination is to look at the Long Haul Trucker, as I've been wanting a wet weather commuter/grocery getter anyways. However, others on the forum and I agree that the bike has less than ideal handling, and is a bit heavy.

What would you pick to ride 200+ miles or take to the grocery store in the rain? What factors are most important to you when choosing a long distance setup?
blk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-11, 02:57 PM   #2
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Happy Valley, Pennsylvania
Posts: 15,712
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
I would not ride the same bike for those two trips. If there are water supply issues on a route, I take more bottles. I have taken up to 5, three in jersey pockets.

I'm not a big proponent of bikes like the LHT for distance riding, but it will work. I wouldn't mind having something like the LHT for a commuter, but around here it's a little too nice and would be a theft magnet. I ride crummy but capable bikes on my commute.
unterhausen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-11, 07:30 PM   #3
2nd Amendment Cyclist
RichardGlover's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Cary, NC
Bikes: Schwinn 2010 World Street, Handsome Speedy w/ SRAM Apex
Posts: 1,036
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have a commuter. I've taken it on 100k, century, and 200k rides. I don't recommend it.

Don't get me wrong; I love the bike, but I'm going to get something else for club rides, charity rides, and randonneuring. At that point, my commuter will become a dedicated commuter/errand-runner.

edit: My commuter is actually fine for anything up to about 40-50 miles. Even 100k rides aren't real bad. Beyond that, the aluminium frame just starts making me hurt.

Last edited by RichardGlover; 07-17-11 at 07:35 PM.
RichardGlover is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-11, 08:45 PM   #4
Professional Fuss-Budget
Bacciagalupe's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 6,472
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 20 Post(s)
There's a ton of baggage options out there, even for an Addict. Topeak's new Mondo Packs come to mind.

Anyway... Pretty much anything will be slower than an Addict, but lots of bikes won't compromise too much ride quality. A Specialized Secteur might work, since it's a plush aluminum bike, price is reasonable (which is good for commuting), it's got rack mounts, it's got a more upright position, and it can take slightly wider tires.

If you want to get a little fancier, there's the Specialized Roubaix, Cannondale Synapse, Giant Defy, Jamis Enduro or Satellite.
Bacciagalupe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-11, 10:33 PM   #5
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Happy Valley, Pennsylvania
Posts: 15,712
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
I have the large ortlieb seat bag, and the only time I've wished it was larger was on a spring ride when it's very cold in the morning and by afternoon I need to stow my jacket.
unterhausen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-11, 11:58 AM   #6
Uber Goober
StephenH's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Dallas area, Texas
Posts: 11,476
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 85 Post(s)
I'd suggest a Camelbak for starters. They have varying amounts of backpack space in addition to the water compartment. And if a 100oz is not enough, they DO make some larger ones.

Also consider the bottle holders that go behind the seat if you can use them.
"be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."
StephenH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-11, 12:38 PM   #7
Senior Member
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 93
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 10 Post(s)
Throw this on your Addict and stuff a camelback bladder in it and run the drinking tube the handle bars and clip it with one of those janitor retractable key chain things attached to the bit valve so it doesn't flap around.
ne_dan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-11, 01:12 PM   #8
Ron Harry
Senior Member
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: central florida
Posts: 192
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
to're way advanced from where I'm at, but I am also looking to add another bike to my collection for similar function as you describe [I think, ha]. I've been bouncing back and forth between carbon, steel, and even titanium [aluminum is just to harsh for me I'm afraid]...and can't make up my mind exactly what 'kind' of riding I'm wanting to do [like you, extended rides, with good pack support, but not loaded down, that also can be used for commuting and errands to the grocery etc]. Theft I'm afraid, is always another consideration for a 'practical' function bike.

My plight is a matter of 'staleness' I think. Each time I buy another bike, my energy level spikes for a good six months or more.

Anyway, studying bikes shown in certain RUSA photo galleries, I find the classic steel 'look' interesting, with cool 'looking' (in a retro sort of way) [though I wonder about best function] French bags [Berthoud] and brown leather everywhere [brooks saddles, handlebar tape etc]. (I'm sure any hardcore randonneur is grimacing about now...'cool' factor not being top on the list of their priorities I'm sure, ). I've noticed a proclivity for handlebar bags and large seat bags is about it for randonneurs?? Is that accurate?

But these steel bikes have gained my interest...once again [surlys, rivendales, waterfords, novara's etc]. I have an old Miyata triplecross [steel], but the frame is 60cm and I'm only 5'11"...a bit big for me; but it does give a nice ride, though not as fast as, say, my CF specialized roubaix. I like fast.

Anyway, I'll keep knocking around on this and other forums until I can get better clarity on what I want to do. A project bike would be nice...but as we all know, not the cheapest way to go. Those steel frames scare me when I see 6 lbs or better [just programmed to think 'light weight' I'm afraid...though I understand how my miyata is more a cadillac ride than a ferrari]. Just for sake of argument [and I'm sure I'll be scolded, ], what steel frames are on the randonneur market-scope that are 'lightest' in weight?
Ron Harry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-11, 01:53 PM   #9
Have bike, will travel
Barrettscv's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Edwardsville, Illinois
Bikes: De Rosa Professional, Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra, Pinarello Gavia, Schwinn Paramount, Motobecane Grand Record, Peugeot PX10, Serotta Nova X, Simoncini Cyclocross Special, Raleigh Roker, Origin8 monstercross, Pedal Force CG2 and CX2
Posts: 11,395
Mentioned: 25 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 429 Post(s)
I've added a seat-post water bottle carrier to my Cyclocross bike. I can now carry 4 bottles. I'll also use a car to drop bottled water at a half-way point of a solo century. Stash it among some bushes.

Last edited by Barrettscv; 07-30-11 at 01:57 PM.
Barrettscv is online now   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:04 PM.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.
  • Ask a Question
    get answers from real people!
Click to start entering your question.