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Cyclocross bike for touring

Old 09-02-08, 11:41 AM
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Surly Cross Check on tour, climbing out of Ouray, CO to Red Mountain Pass. He was pulling a Bob trailer.
Gunnar Sport
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Old 09-08-08, 05:00 PM
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I use a Soma Double Cross set up for touring. The main difference between it and a "real" heavy-load touring bike is that the chainstays are shorter... more like regular road bike length.

This can be fixed with the right rack/pannier combo. I use a Tubus Logo rack (has an extra-rearward mounting position for bags) and Ortlieb Backroller panniers. The Ortliebs have angled heel cutouts and adjustable clip positions... with the clips adjusted so the bag sits as far rearward as possible, there's tons of space and I don't have any heelstrike issues.

Also -- depending on the lever/bag combo, it should be possible to install cross brake levers together with a handlebar bag. The Ortlieb handlebar bags seem to have fairly long mounting brackets, allowing the levers to stay in a fairly natural/comfortable position.

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