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Old 12-11-06, 05:56 PM
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IF ti club racer

is this bike heavy duty enough for more than say just credit card touring or randonne's? or do i need a heavy duty thorn or koga miyata?

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Depends.

Depends on your weight. Depends on how much stuff you are bringing. Depends if this is touring or expedition touring.

But it should be fine as long you can get the right tires on the bike, at least 700 x 32.

Oh yeah, it depends on whether you have a triple or a double up front! A triple and you are sailing. A double and you are likely to stall on hills, let alone the Rockies.

PS -- Some 30 years ago two (English?) brothers wrote a book about their touring into the Himalayas from south India. I think it's called To the centre of the earth or Journey to the centre of the world or something like that. They were on 1970s racing bikes. Mind you, they were trying to go lightweight.

I sold my steel touring bike (bar end shifters, XT derailleur and the whole thing) to build my dream 'all-rounder' ti bike. I used a cross frame. I love it. There's nothing this thing can't do. Club, centuries, hill riding/climbing, round the city, touring, you name it; everything but expedition. Mind you, it's got reasonably long chainstays and a triple up front with a 12-28 cassette. Plus fenders. And it's still 22 lbs. You can't beat ti....

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