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OK, I'm getting there. Carrdice size? Front bag?

Old 07-01-08, 04:36 PM
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OK, I'm getting there. Carrdice size? Front bag?

OK, my old Paramount PDG is coming into focus. Light touring, possibly minimalist camping with light bag and bivy, but mostly long day to stay in motel or with friends, over mountains sometimes, up to 5000 of climbing to altitude of 6000' plus, some steep parts but mostly not too steep. Turns yes. Fair weather with morning fogs, chance of light ran, dew on the roads.

Bike is a 58 cm with moderately racy old school geometry, OS Tange steel, cast lugs, no eyelets, rather mellow and easy in character, possibly because my usual bike screams "RIDE FAST" as loud as it can.

I weigh 170 lbs dressed.

Use will be 3 season.

With the original 105 7 speed clearly outmoded, and the right brifter proving a bit glitchy, I'm planning on and ask for review comments on the components and on my carrying approach. The last round of comments proved very satisfying and opened my eyes substantially towards packing.

Bike:

Brakes, brifters, derailleurs 10 Speed Campy Veloce (cuz they're around)
Ritchey "Zero" OCS wheels, very strong
Currently set with 12-25 cogset
FSA triple 175 mm 30-42-52 currently
Fizik Rontin or whatever saddle
Carbon setback post (possibly a concern - but very thick wall)
Adaptor to allow use of modern non-quill stems
Random stem from my collection, probably alloy Ritchey, but there are others
FSA wing bars
Long Zefal pump

All that I have. I'll add:

Racing band-on compromise fenders
Carridice saddle bag (what size???)
Handlebar bag
Possibly a front rack I have that will support small panniers, a load on top, or the bottom of a giant handlebar bag
Handlebar bag of bigger size than I have now


So. I need to:

Evaluate the gearing (go to a 26 chainring x the current 25 and be done with it? Go 26 x 28?)

Figure out which Carradice or other bag to get for the saddle, consider whether this is a problem for a carbon post (I don't think so)

Figure out what front bag might work nicely. I like them lower rather than higher.



How's that sound?
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Old 07-02-08, 06:18 AM
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You'll need a bracket fro your saddle if it doesn't have tabs on the back for a saddlebag. I'd recommend a Nelson Longflap for light touring. It holds plenty (18L), but isn't too large.

If you only want a small front bag the Carradice zipped roll works well. You could also look at a the standard boxy front bags made by Carradice, Ortlieb etc.
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Old 07-02-08, 09:23 PM
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Nelson Longflap does seem a good choice.

Managed to get an ancient Cannondale front rack and panniers on it today - remembered they were stuck somewhere. That adds room for commuting loads. I'll have to poke around the shed, maybe there are fenders or a TA handlebar bag or something. Interesting stuff from the past pops out. For example, I ran across a bunch of TA cleat nails today - don't think I'll be using those any time soon!
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