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A newbie with a new touring bike.. my first!!!!!

Old 03-10-08, 09:50 PM
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A newbie with a new touring bike.. my first!!!!!

Be gentle guys. It's my first, and I'm still quite ignorant on many things. My SO built this up for me. Took it for a first ride yesterday.. 50 mile round trip. Very comfy, no issues with it at all. Anyhow, I love it. It's going to get many, MANY miles on it.
Anyhow, try not to trash it too badly. A girl's gotta start somewhere!






He loves to tour, he's gotten between 14,000 and 16,000 miles on that silver bike. It's been rebuilt, but that is what is on the frame of the silver bike you see. He's given me the bug for cycling.. I also am an avid mtber and love the road bikes.
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Carbon fiber? XTR? Sweeeettt!!!
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What's there to trash? Nothing I can see or infer from what you have written. If it fits, you are comfortable, it carries what you want, and stops, what else can you ask for?

I am not particularly sure on the radial spoking on the front wheels, but you can tell us how the wheels stand up as you progress.

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If that rear rack only has one brace, i.e., only one piece of metal supporting it against the frame, it won't hold with any sort of load.

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Yeah the rackl looks a little lightweight, but you could just put a front rack on it, and put most of the weight in the front end.

Kickass looking bikes.
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Actually, you want most of the weight on the rear end, not the front. Especially in the case of the OP's bike which I don't think will accomodate low-riders, therefore, any sort of front rack will be higher up and I don't think it's a good idea to increase weight upwards on the front.
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The frame looks beefy! It looks like it could handle a load without getting noodly. Yeah...noodles with beef.. yum!
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Originally Posted by IronMac
Actually, you want most of the weight on the rear end, not the front.
No, I certainly prefer 60%-70% or more of the weight up front.
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All I have is praise for your S.O.'s ability to put together such a nice looking and obviously well thought out ride.
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Originally Posted by DukeArcher
No, I certainly prefer 60%-70% or more of the weight up front.
yup +1
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Originally Posted by NeezyDeezy
yup +1
^^ not with radially spoked front wheels you don't...

I like the look of these bikes, but depending on the amount of cargo they carry, certain aspects will not hold up in the long run (see: rack, wheel/s). For day-tours they look like great fun! Congrats, I love bike-couples.
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You have a very nice SO.
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