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Old 04-08-15, 07:56 PM
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light touring on a carbon aluminum frame.

I recently acquired a trek 2.1 pilot road bike. It has carbon seat stays and for and is clearly not a touring specific bike. I commute to work when the weather allows but am looking to venture out on a 2 to 3 day touring trip sometime soon. Mainly on a rail trail both packed gravel and pavement surface. I have purchased a seat post clamp that has a rack mount integrated into it and the bike has threaded eyelets on the rear of the frame. I am thinking of putting the blackburn try 1 aluminum rack in with some nashbar panniers. My camping equipped is already lightweight as i am a part time back packer. My question is will the frame support the weight? and will the carbon aluminum mix stand up to this type of riding? I am 260 lbs myself so I'm clearly of the clydesdale sort. Any advice is appreciated, with the exception of buying a new bike as it is not in the cards for a bit.

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Depending on how much gear you want to carry, a trailer might be your best bet. With a trailer, you can ride pretty much any bike you want as long as the gearing is adequate. Otherwise, you will probably want to go lightweight with gear which is your preference. The limiting factor here is not so much the bike as the wheels and tires. You are going to find out how well they do with the extra weight on rough roads. You are going to be pushing the envelope with your wheels.
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If sounds like you'll be fine. Your bike has eyelets for a rack, so it should be able to bear some weight. The connection at the seat post clamp just provides some stability. If it seems like you're really cramming everything into the rear panniers, you may want to get a handlebar bag to offset some of the weight and bulk. Otherwise, enjoy your trip.
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Originally Posted by bikemig
You are going to be pushing the envelope with your wheels.
This. At least some Pilot 2.1 came with Bontrager wheels, using the paired spoke design, 20 spokes in the front, and 24 in the back.

I'm not a fan of the paired spoke design because it requires high spoke tension. With 300 plus pounds of rider and gear, you're tempting fate.

It will probably be ok for a short period of time, but you're risking braking spokes, and even pulling spoke nipples out of the rim.

I'd use a trailer,or buy a good set of 36 spoke wheels.

If you carry camping gear on that bike at your weight, I'd definitely bring spare spokes, and the tools to pull the cassete to replace a drive side spoke.

Another problem with those wheels is often 1 broken spoke puts the wheel so far out of true they can't be ridden.
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Minimal Investment, Strap a stuff sack behind the saddle and another across the handlebars and that will carry your Stuff.

Book a B&B etc. for overnights ..


Trailer with 2-wheels is good. I own a Portage Pack to put in mine.. a Bag made for Canoeists , it is a big dry bag with Shoulder straps.

So I can 'wear the Trailer' if needed, to climb stars (& fence Stiles) with your bike in your hands..

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Thank you all for the responses. merlinextraligh you are correct it has the bontrager wheels with the paired spoke design. I have been warned of these with my weight and i would switch them out but i have dropped 55 lbs this in 10 months and its still coming off so i will be at my goal of 130 shortly. The wheels have been great for the last 500 miles and are not skipping a beat but i also only ride with my essentials and i have not put a rack on yet.
I am thinking about a trailer but the investment cost is pricey as compared to a basic rack and panniers (75 bucks). Has anyone had any luck finding a inexpensive trailer in the 100$ range that wont weight a ton or better yet have any recomendations for a DIY homebuilt setup that wont require welding?
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opinions on these cheapies?
Aosom Single Wheel 2 in 1 Bicycle Cargo Trailer Stroller Carrier Storage Bag | eBay
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Aosom Steel Bicycle Bike Cargo Luggage Trailer Single Wheel Cart Carrier Orange | eBay

first has a claimed weight of 17lbs and second is 19lbs. is that normal? seems heavy but i have no experience with this
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Since you said that you have lightweight backpacking equipment, hauling a 17-pound trailer to carry maybe 20 pounds of gear seems silly. A rack and panniers is an elegant and efficient system.
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Possibly borrow a BOB trailer??
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Aosom Single Wheel 2 in 1 Bicycle Cargo Trailer Stroller Carrier Storage Bag | eBay
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seems Craptastic, from what others have said asking about how to mount their hitch to some Bikes ..

Burly Nomad .. Trailer and Bag to put your stuff in all in one https://www.biketrailershop.com/burl...er-p-4031.html

the Flat Bed is really useful as a Car Free cargo carry tool at home between tours.. https://www.biketrailershop.com/burl...er-p-1304.html
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