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Old 03-05-09, 05:34 PM
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My first tour on my lightweight hybrid

Hello to everyone on bikeforums.net!
Having read this site extensively I thought it was time to post my first thread.

A coupla years ago I bought my first decent bike, which turned out to be a Specialized Sirrus Comp 07. Which was bought for fitness and general buzzing about. As the months pass by my computer has showed my average speed climbing every so slightly as the miles clock up. And, with inspiration from my fellow jocks, namely Chris Hoy and Mark Beaumont, I thought my 40 year old(soon to be slim)body was worth it's first tour of Scotland, preferably down the west coast.
With the Sirrus having a distinct lack of braze-ons, but 3 water bottle options, my only choice to carry my luggage would be a trailer, and it could only be a BOB. And believe me, i will be travelling light.
So I've only one question, which includes an answer, and i just need assurance from fellow Sirrus owners, or previous sirrus owners. I know my bike will be fine for a week or two down the west coast, but has anyone had any frame problems touring on this Sirrus?

Thanks in advance.
Tim.

Off topic as well, Anyone used the N96 on sportstracker?
Anygood?
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Old 03-05-09, 06:22 PM
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you might look at the extrawheel trailer - lighter than a bob. I have one, love it

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Old 03-06-09, 05:11 AM
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Or if you insist on a BOB, get a Revolution Cargo Trailer from the Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative. It's a lighter, folding copy of a BOB, with a better hitching system.

http://www.edinburghbicycle.com/ebwP...c003155c003007
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you might look at the extrawheel trailer - lighter than a bob. I have one, love it
For some time I have thought that something exactly like this should have been available. I even considered designing it and going into business. I am happy to see the Extrawheel on the market. It could be built up very light with a low spoke count wheel and a racing rim if you are willing to travel light. It eliminates the need to carry a tube for another size wheel. It would allow using a very light weight bicycle. It is much easier so ship or fly with too.

It would be a joy to have an unencumbered road bike available by just unhitching the trailer. I know that some folks claim that touring bikes are a do everything bike, but I think that my road bike is way more fun to ride and equally or more comfortable. Using the following measure of comfort it is more comfortable by a long shot. The more comfortable bike is the one where you feel better after a fairly speedy long ride. After riding centuries on each, I can say I feel much better after a century on the road bike than after one on the touring bike.

A travel light, go fast tour a road bike with a triple, a light extrawheel trailer, and a light load sounds like a joy. I would like to try that. For slower more heavily loaded touring I will stick with my touring bike and panniers though.
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Old 03-07-09, 11:52 AM
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I tour on a sirrus, forget about a trailer, too heavy, take less stuff, trust me....

use a rear rack and a front low rider rack, if you have a carbon fork, get a new inexpensive steel fork with low eylets.

my entire rig bike plus all gear is 50 pounds which is about 30 pounds less than most people I meet on the road. the sirrus has 2 botlle cages and you can add a third on the bottom with a simple hose clamp, or just wedge a 1 litre water bottle into each normal cage

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I have a 2003 Sirrus that has a ton of miles on it. I'm sure it has 20-25K on it now. Never had a problem with the frame. I don't know if the frame has changed much over the years though. Mine is equipped with disc brakes.

Get a rack for the rear and go tour.
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Boy, everyone is bound and determined to tell you to do it their way (the only way!), aren't they?
If you asked 20 bicycle tourists how to do something, they would tell you twenty different answers - and yet each one would be utterly convinced that their way was the one "righteous and true" method. Curious.

I have a 2008 Sirrus Comp, almost the same as your bike. I will be doing my first supported tour this summer. The only things I'll be carrying on the bike will be a Carradice saddle bag and a handlebar bag. I expect the bike to do just fine for the 700 km, eight day trip. The only other change to the bike from stock is the handlebars are now Trekking bars. I'm very happy with this set-up.

I do plan to do self-supported touring in 2010 and had been planning to buy a dedicated touring bike. The bike plus racks and a full set of panniers was going to represent a considerable investment - probably well over $2000. Recently, I've begun to entertain the idea of slightly modifying the Sirrus and using a trailer and thereby spend considerably less dollars. The main area where I think the Sirrus needs changing for loaded touring is the gearing. The triple crank is a 50-39-30 so I would like to put in a Sugino SD 600 crank with 48-34-26. The cassette is Sram PG 950 11-28, so a simple switch to a Sram PG 950 11-34 would be doable. The only other change that I see doing is to switch wheels to a set of 36 spoke ones.

Anyway, this is my current thinking.

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Boy, everyone is bound and determined to tell you to do it their way (the only way!), aren't they?
If you asked 20 bicycle tourists how to do something, they would tell you twenty different answers - and yet each one would be utterly convinced that their way was the one "righteous and true" method. Curious.


I have a 2008 Sirrus Comp, almost the same as your bike. I will be doing my first supported tour this summer. The only things I'll be carrying on the bike will be a Carradice saddle bag and a handlebar bag. I expect the bike to do just fine for the 700 km, eight day trip. The only other change to the bike from stock is the handlebars are now Trekking bars. I'm very happy with this set-up.

I do plan to do self-supported touring in 2010 and had been planning to buy a dedicated touring bike. The bike plus racks and a full set of panniers was going to represent a considerable investment - probably well over $2000. Recently, I've begun to entertain the idea of slightly modifying the Sirrus and using a trailer and thereby spend considerably less dollars. The main area where I think the Sirrus needs changing for loaded touring is the gearing. The triple crank is a 50-39-30 so I would like to put in a Sugino SD 600 crank with 48-34-26. The cassette is Sram PG 950 11-28, so a simple switch to a Sram PG 950 11-34 would be doable. The only other change that I see doing is to switch wheels to a set of 36 spoke ones.

Anyway, this is my current thinking.

Doug
Wow, I sure didn't feel that was what was happening. People come here asking for opinions...... opinions are what they are. You can tour on a $50 craigslist bike. In fact I met two tourists last summer in Idaho who had just come from the east coast. They seemed to have had a great time. His isn't set up for a rear rack but sure can support one. Why would suggesting that above be a problem? Is the gearing ideal on a sirrus? Nope. Will it work? Yes.

I could infer that your saying his gearing is all wrong and he needs to change it for fully loaded touring.

Keep in mind that I have one. It is older and if I didn't have my Jamis now it would be used for my touring...... something it has done in the past.
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Wow, I sure didn't feel that was what was happening. People come here asking for opinions...... opinions are what they are.
I didn't see that either. People made some suggestions.

The OP said:
my only choice to carry my luggage would be a trailer, and it could only be a BOB
A few people suggested that the BoB isn't the only choice and may not be the best choice.

I chimed in with some follow up comments on the Extrawheel trailer. Which I do not use BTW, so I certainly did not put it forth as the only way to tour.

Also a couple people chimed in with comments about their experience with the specific bike he was asking about.

I really didn't see any answers that were out of line.
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