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Old 01-04-21, 07:34 PM
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I'm trying to find a bike for my 21 year old daughter for a 2 week tour in May. Someone in my area is selling this bike. I'm wondering if any of you more experienced folks can guide me as to whether this is a touring bike? The description says this: The 2003 Terry Classic is a 22 pound a touring bike with a steel frame. The frame comes in gold or gray. The Classic 2003 is a is a lighter bike at around 20 pounds. It was released in 2003 and costs $1,150 brand new. The Classic 2003 is fully rigid. Components The Classic 2003 comes with Shimano Tiagra Triple components, including a Terry T-Stem stem, a Tien Hsin TH-365 headset and Shimano SL-R440 shifters. Drivetrain The Classic 2003 has 9 speeds and has a Shimano derailleur. Wheels It comes with kevlar Panaracer Pasela tires (622mm x 32mm) and aero Velocity Head rims.
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The first question: "Is the bike the correct size for your daughter"? If yes, then condition assessments for the sprockets, chain, tires, brakes and cables, etc, should be made. Others here can offer more specific information.
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The right bike is the one that fits best. Will she have a chance to test ride it?

Is this it?
https://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/...&model=Classic

That bike has a road triple, the granny gear is a 30T. That means that the gearing is a bit high for steeper hills if the bike is loaded down with camping gear.

My rando bike has nearly identical gearing, but I do not carry more than maybe 10 pounds of stuff on that bike when my water bottles are full, so if she carried much gear she would want to put a smaller granny chainring on it. That is a reasonably low cost change.

If that is the bike, the listing said aluminum nipples. I would have a bike mechanic look at the wheels before the 2 week trip to see how they look. Most people tour on wheels with brass nipples.

That is an unusual bike with different sized wheels, would need to carry two spare tubes instead of one.
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https://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/...&model=Classic

Looks decent. The gearing isn't quite as low as a modern touring bike, but other than that it looks like a decent touring bike. Looks like it has all the rack mounts.

You could replace the crankset for a 44-32-22 mountain crankset for not too much money, I think. Might also consider trekking (butterfly) handlebars for more hand positions for all day riding.
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With the wacky reverse wheel mullet you will need to carry two tubes, which isn't actually such a big deal. But if all the components are still original, look carefully at them for wear. It's been 17 years and they may never have changed the chainrings or the cassette. Why not just buy her a new Liv Alight or Alight disc? All the components will be new, there will be a warranty and everything will be easily replaceable if broken.
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Is this a tour where the bike has pannniers carrying her gear ?, Also know as an unsupported tour. Or a supported tour where her gear (sleeping bag, clothes, tent, etc....) is on a truck/vancand all she has on the bike is rain gear, sweater, snacks, etc....

Makes a difference as to the type of bike she needs.

Terrys were designed to have women who were short/small in stature, fit onto a frame designed for their size, when most manufacturers did not make frames that might fit a women’s size. Thus the 2 different wheel sizes, driven by the small frame size.
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If it is a Terry that uses the same size wheels, and it fits your daughter, go for it provided the price is reasonable, of course. The info you provided says 622x32 for the tire size, which is wide enough for loaded touring and commuting. Your info does not specify two wheel sizes, which is an option on a Terry.
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Mrsfloridalady, a bunch of years ago I seriously considered getting a Terry bike for my wife, who is 5ft basically. The Terry bikes with smaller front wheels were a smart design by Mrs Terry herself, a pretty neat lady.
I even called the company in New England from here in Montreal about distribution questions to Canada and some tech questions, and ended up having a nice chat with Georgina Terry herself, which was pretty cool. She had done some YouTube videos explaining her frame design for shorter riders so I recognized her voice!

seems to me she had a specific touring model at the time, and the gears on this bike are a road triple, but easy to change small chain ring from 30 to 26 (I've done this twice) and or putting a mtb crankset on as was mentioned.

again, actual condition is impossible for us to know, but they were great bikes.
the two size wheel thing is curious, and while needs two sized spare r tubes, it eliminated toe strike on front wheel.

So no clear answer, impossible from internet strangers, but they were good bikes.
just a lot of "it depends"
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A couple more things I did not think of in my previous post:

A bike that age with a steel frame and an aluminum seatpost, make sure that the seatpost is not stuck in the frame before you hand over money. Dissimilar metal corrosion can make a mess of things. That said, if the seatpost was painted, that could make this a non-issue. Seatposts should be greased to prevent the corrosion on non-painted seatposts, but with those many years, corrosion could have happened.

At that age, it would be a good idea to add grease to the bearings in the hubs if they are cup and cone, which I assume they are.

You are new to touring and I assume your daughter is too. Expect to buy new bike saddles, when you have long days in the saddle you want to make sure that the saddle is not a medieval torture device.
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Originally Posted by SoFloGirl68
I'm trying to find a bike for my 21 year old daughter for a 2 week tour in May. Someone in my area is selling this bike. I'm wondering if any of you more experienced folks can guide me as to whether this is a touring bike? The description says this: The 2003 Terry Classic is a 22 pound a touring bike with a steel frame. The frame comes in gold or gray. The Classic 2003 is a is a lighter bike at around 20 pounds. It was released in 2003 and costs $1,150 brand new. The Classic 2003 is fully rigid. Components The Classic 2003 comes with Shimano Tiagra Triple components, including a Terry T-Stem stem, a Tien Hsin TH-365 headset and Shimano SL-R440 shifters. Drivetrain The Classic 2003 has 9 speeds and has a Shimano derailleur. Wheels It comes with kevlar Panaracer Pasela tires (622mm x 32mm) and aero Velocity Head rims.
That bike is very light with very thin tubing........it really cant handle a lot of weight and be stable.... overloaded you will be snaking up hills and that really wears you out....and descents will be wild......so......if your daughter is tiny and not carrying to much weight ......a really great bike....also......you gotta have racks........finding racks that will fit those two different wheel sizes might not be impossible but will take some searching for something that will fit.........and make sure there are mounting eyelets for racks on that fork and frame.........
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