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Old 06-23-15, 09:23 AM
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Is this bike capable of touring?

I am looking to get a new bike and this Centurion looks to be perfect for me. My only concern is that I might do some light touring in the future and want to know if this bike will be OK for that? Any advice is appreciated. Its between the Centurion and this Miyata 615. But the Miyata will need some work before its good to go.
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Touring is the activity , any bike can carry you on a tour , what kind of gear quantity you want to haul determines the set up and accessories you add,

Personally I'd Overhaul any Used Bike you Buy before starting out on a trip to somewhere that it would be a Long walk, if something Fails ,
to get to a Place to repair your Bike.
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all bikes are capable of touring depends on what you want to do and where you want to go. that being said, the miyata 615 is made specifically for touring and my miyata 615 is my favorite bike
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Well I was told by a friend that the bike might not be able to carry the weight of panniers and such so that is why I am asking. I am also not sure if the bike has any eyelets for mounting racks at all and thought someone here might know. The Miyata 615 does seem very nice but this one will need some work before its good to go.
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The pictures don't show any rack-mounting eyelets, but there are plenty of work-arounds for that. The Miyata appears to be more touring oriented: rack mounts, lower gearing, more space for fenders. But it also looks like it has a smaller frame size - which bike would fit you best?
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Old 06-23-15, 10:03 AM
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I am 5' 8" so I think both should be fine. The miyata post doesn't have a specific size so I would have to ask him. Would the centurion be able to handle the weight of loaded panniers? I think thats my only concern. I wouldn't be going on tours that often and the primary use for the bike will be going for rides 3-5 times a week for at least 20km.
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The Miyata is a touring bike, the Centurion is not. The Miyata has canti brakes, mounts for fenders and racks, and clearance for larger tires. The Centurion has none of these features. It looks like a nice bike but I would not choose to tour on it, unless it was a supported tour with someone else carrying all of my gear.
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just try not to carry very much .. see the ultra light touring threads .. there is a self supported race across america

Almost done in less than 3 weeks .. No one there carried Much at all ..

https://trackleaders.com/transam15 leader at 3964 miles as of today.


NB lots of people Buy a BoB trailer and tow it behind their Road Bike.

so racks and panniers are not compulsory to go on a tour on your bike.

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Yea. I think it just comes down to what my main use for it will be. I don't even know when I will be going on a tour, and if this summer at all. I really enjoy doing long distance rides and do it 3-5 times a week with longer rides on the weekend. Is the miayata good for just general long distance riding? In the end it would be nice to have the option for putting on racks when I do decide to go for a short tour but if the centurion is better for general riding then It might be better for me, as I will be using it more for that.
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The Miyata is OK ... But it looks too Small, 52 or 54 at the most.
The other is the right size, but just a racer. Too bad, it's a pretty bike.
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If I had to choose I'd go for the Miyata. In fact if it was my size I would have bought it out from under you.
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Haha. Ok, I think I will go with the Miyata. btw, its in Canada
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Test ride both if you can, with your primary use you may change your mind. Some Miyatas are nice, some Centurions are nice, both have their dedicated followers. But fit and comfort first so give each one a test ride, or at least a trial sit if the seller won't let you take a joy ride.
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Sounds like a good idea. I will try em out.
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I think the Centrion looks like a higher quality bike than the Miyata.

I've had a rack on my Colnago long enough that undoubtedly the paint under the P-Clips will look much more pristine than that everywhere else.

You need to find some of these dropout adapters... but apparently they are getting a bit rare????

Blackburn Custom Eyelets for Campagnolo Style Dropouts rack adapter may be CE-01
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