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Old 01-22-08, 10:12 AM   #1
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How suitable is my commuter for short tours?

I've got a 3 year old Kona Dew Deluxe that I commute on every day.

The main thing that's radically different from the stock configuration are the wheels and an addition of a front dynohub and light. This is a sturdy bike and isn't much affected by added load. I've pulled kid trailers, loaded panniers in different weather with confidence. As heavy as this bike is with velocity deep Vs and Schwalbe Marathons, it's geared low enough that I climb 8% hills all the time without complaint.

On longer rides (30-50 miles) the only thing that bugs me are the bars, as it's got a MTB style riser bar with those integrated MTB brake/shifter levers. I've considered swapping for midge bars and barcons, but thinking that's not money well spent at thist point.

My intent is to do some basic bicycle camping for a few days. Maybe ride 40-50 miles a day, that sort of thing. Any thoughts or suggestions for better equipping my rig?

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Old 01-22-08, 10:31 AM   #2
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I don't think Dew Deluxe would be as heavy as a full touring bike. Get some trekking bars or accessorise with some cool bar ends to give you a variety of hand positions. Trekking bars are cheap.
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Old 01-22-08, 10:57 AM   #3
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Hi smurf hunter, I have used my commuter, a Giant Cypress R pictured below, for light touring many times and it has worked very well. The furthest I have toured on it was for a 7 day 1000 km credit card tour on a combination of paved roads and rail trails.
I finally bought a new Cannondale T2000 for full loaded touring as I found myself wanting to take more stuff. I think that your Kona Dew Deluxe will work out great for you.
Happy touring!
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