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Road vs Touring Frame

Old 02-22-06, 11:21 PM
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Road vs Touring Frame

I am a bit of a vintage roadie so I need some help. My brother asked me to identify the main difference between these two types of frames; Road vs Touring, Besides the obvious what is the difference in geometry? Can you set up a steel road frame to tour? What are other considerations?
Thank you in advance.
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A touring frame is a type of road frame. Touring bikes usually have longer chain stays for a more stable ride and to give you room to hang your panniers. Touring bikes also have more clearance for wider tires, mounts for racks and fenders, a metal fork, and heavier guage tubing for extra durability.
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Also, more relaxed, shallower angles for both the steering tube and the seat tube.
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Also, a REAL tourer has a triple crankset, canti brake bosses, & high-spoke count, high-flange wheels.

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Originally Posted by christoph1
Besides the obvious what is the difference in geometry? Can you set up a steel road frame to tour? What are other considerations?
Other considerations would be brazeons for racks to hold panniers (unless you credit card tour).
Differences in geometry are usually slacker seat/head tube angles and a lower bottom bracket.
You can set up a steel road frame to tour but be aware of the handling and how it will ride when loaded with gear...
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Originally Posted by christoph1
Can you set up a steel road frame to tour? What are other considerations?
Thank you in advance.
Yes. A major question will be whether it has enough clearance to put the tire size on you want. A lot road racing bikes won't take above a 23c tire. To avoid the issue of mounting panniers, you can always pull a trailer. If you've got a decent road bike with some durable wheels you'll be fine.
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If he is serious you may want to consider a Koga.

Originally Posted by christoph1
I am a bit of a vintage roadie so I need some help. My brother asked me to identify the main difference between these two types of frames; Road vs Touring, Besides the obvious what is the difference in geometry? Can you set up a steel road frame to tour? What are other considerations?
Thank you in advance.
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Old 02-23-06, 10:43 AM
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If he's looking for touring bikes, there are a lot of new bikes this year that would be suitable. Pick up the latest issue of bicycling and look at: "touring bikes", cyclocross bikes and bikes with disc brakes.

Biggest difference is Stability-Durability-Comfort-EasierGearing are more important than light weight and speed. Expect them to weight 3-6 lbs more but to break down much less and to be able to easily handle an additional 100 lbs of load.
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I think what the OP means to ask is the difference between a road RACING frame and a road TOURING frame?
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I think what the OP means to ask is the difference between a road RACING frame and a road TOURING frame?
Yes, and I think the first few responses pretty much covered all the differences quite nicely.
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My questions were answered perfectly, I thank you all very much for your help.
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