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Old 06-17-18, 06:43 PM
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Touring bike or road bike for a CC tour?

Packing up my bike today for my upcoming tour I realized how much larger and heavier my touring bike is over my road bike. This is the first tour where I had to ship the bike since I bought it some 4 years ago. I have mainly been using it on local tours or tours where I drove. This is the first time shipping it.

After loading it in the car to get ready to take it to FedEx, I wondered why I am doing this. I guess I will be more comfortable on my touring bike but wonder if it is worth it for a CC tour. Thank goodness for bikeflights or it would have been enormously expensive to ship.

I am thinking that if I do ever return to Europe I might take the lighter aluminum Cannodale that has served me so well on so many tours. My only issue with the Cannodale was all the rain I hit when I reached the Como area. I was wishing for fenders. I don't know what it is. Como seems to be jinxed for me. On two different trips got drenched both times when I was in the area. Everywhere else nice and dry.

Thoughts? Is it worth it to pack the heavier touring bike for a credit card tour? Or just go with a lighter road bike?
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Old 06-17-18, 06:49 PM
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I might go with whatever is more comfortable to ride.

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Does your roadie have any accommodation for a rear rack/panniers (or do you own bike-packing bags?)? How light are you packing?

Could easily not need the full touring rig, if you pack light....and either don't mind a sweaty back and backpack....or have bike-packing bags.
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Originally Posted by etw
I might go with whatever is more comfortable to ride.

For shipping, also check out The Best Lowest Bicycle Shipping in America and Worldwide ShipBikes I once shipped a bike and it was the cheapest option
I tried ship bikes. and it came out more expensive for me.

I realize shipping does not matter that much either way but what about schlepping the bike through airports? Yeah you can grab a cart. But there is still the worry about the airline giving you a hassle on over size and/or over weight..
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Originally Posted by Marcus_Ti
Does your roadie have any accommodation for a rear rack/panniers (or do you own bike-packing bags?)? How light are you packing?

Could easily not need the full touring rig, if you pack light....and either don't mind a sweaty back and backpack....or have bike-packing bags.
Yes I can add a rear rack. I try to pack light but also want to be comfortable off bike so might be considered heavy for some.

I have used it for years no issue at all other than the mentioned lack of fender. Handling is probably better on my touring bike with same weight but manageable on the road bike.
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Plastic fenders can be had cheap if thatís the issue. I assume no decent way to attach them is the problem. That might be solvable.

Iíd go light. Iíve even considered a folder for the weight and convenience, but havenít gone that way (yet). And if itíll hold rear panniers, youíre laughing while CC touring!
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CC tour, I say pack light and take the road bike(assuming itís a comfortable bike to ride for days on end). If youíd pack the same either way and the only difference in weight is simply the weight if the bike, Iíd lean toward whatever is most comfortable as long as the difference in bikes isnít more than around five pounds. I feel like around five pounds is where there will start to be a noticeable difference in the effort youíre putting out. There are always those smaller fenders for road bikes that attach with zip ties to the fork and seat stays.
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Where are you off to??
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I assume you are comparing the Aurora to the SR500? If you can carry the gear you need on the SR500, why not? Looks like an old sport-touring style bike anyhow. I'd personally take whatever is more comfortable.

Originally Posted by mtb_addict
Is cc and road bike still touring? Or just a ride.
Does this have to be brought up everytime such a question is asked? What about camping and cooking your own meals makes it any more worthy of being a bike tour? If my concerns were about being in a tent and cooking my own meals, I would go camping and leave the bike out of it.
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict
Is cc and road bike still touring? Or just a ride.

IF you go somewhere and stay away, at night in a hotel etc.,

rather than loop back home and sleep in your own bed at night,
you can call it a Tour..

Extra credit of you stop and enjoy the scenery, stop for lunch, & so forth.





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Originally Posted by Tandem Tom
Where are you off to??
Willamette Valley. A bit boring maybe but easy a simple. There are several highlights along the way to it should be fine. And capped off with an awesome ride back home on the California Zephyr,
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On the OR coast, people tour on both types.. all summer long.. hundreds..
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Is your lowest gear on your road bike adequate for the hills you will encounter?
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Is your lowest gear on your road bike adequate for the hills you will encounter?
On both yes. Even my road bike has more touring or mountain bike gearing. There are lots od steep hill around here. I even have a 36 spoke rim on the road bike. I went through one too many rims when using it as a touring bike.
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On the OR coast, people tour on both types.. all summer long.. hundreds..
I was one of those people. .
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict
Is cc and road bike still touring? Or just a ride.
Originally Posted by jefnvk
I assume you are comparing the Aurora to the SR500? If you can carry the gear you need on the SR500, why not? Looks like an old sport-touring style bike anyhow. I'd personally take whatever is more comfortable.
Does this have to be brought up everytime such a question is asked? What about camping and cooking your own meals makes it any more worthy of being a bike tour? If my concerns were about being in a tent and cooking my own meals, I would go camping and leave the bike out of it.
Yeah, I don't get it either. Someone's asking for advice on which bike to bring for a multi-day biking 'trip' with overnight stays... and the response is to discuss the semantics of the word "tour"?

I'd bring the bike that's the better tool for the job. If I wanted a slower, relaxed ride, then the slow bike. If I were in a sportier mood - which does happen - and knew there would be boring or challenging spots, I'd want to attack them on a lighter road bike.

Clip-on fenders are available, by the way, e.g. https://www.rei.com/product/102250/s...pro-fender-set
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