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Touring on a Cannondale R500T?

Old 02-18-18, 10:43 AM
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Touring on a Cannondale R500T?

I am wondering if a Cannondale R500T would be a suitable touring bicycle? I havent been able to find too much information on it.

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Old 02-18-18, 12:33 PM
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I've done long, fully-loaded touring on the SR400, which is a similar frame apart from the cantilevered dropouts. I put a Surly Cross Check fork on it for extra braze-ons.

It handled the weight like a champ. It's a very strong and stiff frame and well suited to carrying loads. In fact it's a better ride loaded than unloaded, as the extra weight smooths out the bumps. No shimmying on scary fast descents on account of the stiff frame.

The main downside was the lack of rear tire/fender clearance. Max I could run was a 28c Vittoria Randonneur (which runs narrow), and even then, the fender had to be jury-rigged with zip ties and duct tape.
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I have seen some people tour with an extremely lightweight amount of camping gear on skinny tire road bikes. I think you need to think about how much gear (both volume and weight) you want to take.

I usually tour on 37mm or wider tires, but I am not an ultra light camper. I have seen some bike tourists that were carrying a very light load on something similar to a race bike and it worked well for them.
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mcguirejess, I have a R1000T that I experimented some light touring with. Twenty pounds on a jerry rigged handlebar mount was fine, less was better. The cassette was already replaced by a 14-25T and the tire size was also previously changed to 25mm.

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