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Old 03-23-09, 06:31 PM
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Your ultimate touring bike...

Looking for some inspiration and ideas...how would you build your ultimate touring bike?
Let the dreams begin...
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Old 03-23-09, 06:59 PM
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Ok, to start it would have to have a Brooks Professional saddle.

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Don't know about you, but this would this would probably make my wife think that I was dreaming of another women
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Old 03-23-09, 08:41 PM
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I have been riding my dream bike for 20 years now-a Bruce Gordon Ti RNR with BG racks.
I stopped dreaming about an ultimate bike after first touring on it.

Even today no changes needed or wanted for any type of trip or terrain from loaded single track to the Divide Ride, Canada, Alaska, Baja, South America or anywhere else.
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impossible to answer i think,most people would love a touring bike that's super light and strong capable of rideing over any surface,so i suppose thats comes down to who builds the best frame,so if you can figure that one out the rest would be , a piece of cake.all the top end gear for bikes is state of the art ,as is the top end wheels /hubs.tyres are the dodgy part i think in a bike build, get the tyre wrong and the bike won't preform well ,so get your frame and wheels wright and your on the pig's back.
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It's about $9,000, but it does include a rack...

https://www.cycles-alex-singer.fr/cat...-tourisme.html
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Old 03-24-09, 09:29 AM
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Let's see, Mercian frame, built to spec with cast lugs and Reynolds 725 tubing. King headset, Phil bb, XT hubs and derailleurs, 36 14-15 gauge spokes per wheel, Synergy AS rims, Brooks saddle, Nitto bars, seatpost, Nitto racks, VO ahead stem, Cafam cantis, Cane Creek handles, leather bar wrap, Schwalbe Marathon supremes, Slime tubes...

That's the bike I'm waiting on now. Order placed Sept. 1, with the pound trading high against the dollar. Since then, the bike's just gotten cheaper! Can't wait.
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Originally Posted by BengeBoy
It's about $9,000, but it does include a rack...

https://www.cycles-alex-singer.fr/cat...-tourisme.html
That bike is insanely hot! BUT, I'll have to keep my bike lust in check because I already bought my dream bike, a Bruce Gordon R&R.
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Tar or Not to Tar

On Tar:

Any thing that fits with all the mount points I could ever want, hand built wheels on phil hubs and 24-28 or equiv gearing.

Just get out there and ride!


Off tar or Mixed use:

Frame scaled on 26in or 24in wheels with drop bars.
Foldable or breakapart.
Some type of lockable suspension.

At my size it will look a little freakish.

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Right here:



This one for off-roading—my original tourer:


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Originally Posted by foamy
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This one for off-roading—my original tourer:

Oh the horror!!! Your shifters are going to break!



kidding... nice bike

OS-99 Stem?
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my roberts roughstuff. with a better rear derailleur.
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Originally Posted by kyakdiver
Oh the horror!!! Your shifters are going to break!



kidding... nice bike

OS-99 Stem?
That Bilenky gives me a stiffee
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Originally Posted by foamy
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I usually don't care for 2-tone fades, but it really rocks on this one. Nice bike!
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Old 03-24-09, 07:29 PM
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Thanks folks, I talked with Stephen, told him what I wanted, how I expected to use it and he did the rest. I approved—with some reservations—his specs. Shouldn't have worried. I was/am quite pleased. The only thing I did specify, precisely, was the paint. Everything else, he pretty much read between the lines of what I told him. He's either really savvy or I'm really lucky. I like to think a little of both. I'll go to him again if there's a tandem in my future (and I like to think there is).

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to me it would be something similar to this waterford but prettier lugs, more tire clearence and a different paint job.

as to components I would want:
xt derailers, and cranks
xtr shifters
sram 980 cassette and chain
avid ultimate v brakes and levers
chris king hubs, dt alpine spokes, dt tk rims
king headset
thompson bar/stem, ergon grips w/bar ends, handlebar i could care less about, some riser bar
marathon xr tires

I think that handles most of it. I have thousands of miles on all of those components with very very few issues, all of them minor so I would trust any of it on an extended tour in a heartbeat.

As to the frame I am riding a gunnar crosshairs which is basically a stock waterford and I absolutly love it and the company was a pleasure to deal with which is why I chose them.


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truth be told, i'm pretty happy with my LHT...i think of it as a po' man's atlantis



but...i wouldn't mind getting one of these as well....for back up



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Why are a lot of you choosing XT over XTR? Is it more durable?
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I'm not 100% done with it yet, but it's pretty much a no holds barred touring bike:

- uber strong steel frame & stiff, but vertically compliant steel fork
- Rohloff
- 26" wheels
- Brooks saddle
- S&S couplers
- Marathon XR tires
- stainless steel fenders
- strong racks
- low key tough powder coat
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Originally Posted by Meek
Looking for some inspiration and ideas...how would you build your ultimate touring bike?
Let the dreams begin...
Time for more bike porn.
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Originally Posted by vik
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What kind of shifter are you using on your drop bars? How's it working for you?
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vik your a genius when it come to building the ultimate touring bike.
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Originally Posted by BengeBoy
What kind of shifter are you using on your drop bars? How's it working for you?
I'm using the standard Rohloff shifter mounted on the left side of a Thorn accessory bar. I'm thinking about swapping in a Titec H-bar in place of the drops...in that case I may leave the Rohloff shifter where it is or move it to the right side of the H-bar. It works fine, but I don't shift by gears non-stop to keep a constant cadence. I also like using my left hand as I use my right hand while riding for lots of stuff. This way my left gets to move around and avoid any circulation issues.

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vik your a genius when it come to building the ultimate touring bike.
Hahaha...thanks... Now would you mind calling the girl I'm dating and tell her that....lol....when she first came over to my apartment she was horrified about all the bikes and made it clear no bikes would be entering her house.... I told her you need lots of bikes to try out different setups and blog/chat about them online... She didn't buy any of it....
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There was a new Thorn Rohloff eXp on ebay a few weeks ago, great set up, almost everything top of the line including SON hub. That's probably my ultimate bike for expedition touring and I almost bought it but barely controlled myself by repeating "you don't DO any expedition touring. . . ."

I LOVE that Bilenky!

LHT guy - what's with the fenders?
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I'd start with a dishless 26" rear wheel on 18" chainstays,,after that I'm not particular as long as the seat, crank and bars are in the right position.
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