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Living in the past (touring bike build)

Old 07-25-10, 05:25 PM
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Living in the past (touring bike build)

I am cursed as a biking dad. I built up a 2005 Trek 4300 as a touring bike. Trekking bar, racks front and rear and the venerable B-17 for comfort. Apparently I have been feeding my second son too well and he outgrew the 1985 Schwinn Sierra I found on ebay for $25. So, being the good dad, I gave up my Trek. He demanded that I take the dorky racks and "horrible" saddle and egg beater pedals off. So I did. I might add that he demanded to keep the trekking bars.
I moved the saddle and rear rack to the Schwinn, raised the seat, added bar ends and started riding.

Over the course of a few months I changed out the biopace triple for a similar vintage triple off of a small Specialized Rock hopper frame, changed the tires - getting prepared to try and widen the axle spacing with allthread and nuts and moving to a set of 36 spoke, 26" wheels I just happen to have lying around.

While looking at the bike today and planning out the next assault upon the vintageness of the Schwinn, I decided to grab a tape measure. I measured the chain stay on my 1993 Giant Kronos, which I have overnight toured on, the 2005 Trek 4300, which I have overnight toured on and the 1985 Scwinn, which I have not toured on, but have used as an all around grocery getter, chore bike for the past year. Kronos - 16", 4300 - 16 5/8", Sierra - 17 7/8" with almost 3/4" inch of unused chainstay left.

When I toured on the Giant and Trek (which is on the MTB conversion thread) I did have a bit of heel strike unless I moved the panniers to the farthest rear position I could. I have never had heel strike on the Sierra while carrying groceries or mail or paint or whatnot. I have dialed in this bike so that it fits. I think the next step will be to see if I can update it to either add drop bars or a trekking bar, find a way to clamp a front rack on, upgrade brakes if necessary and go for a little tour.

Am I crazy?
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Originally Posted by countrydirt
I am cursed as a biking dad. I built up a 2005 Trek 4300 as a touring bike. Trekking bar, racks front and rear and the venerable B-17 for comfort. Apparently I have been feeding my second son too well and he outgrew the 1985 Schwinn Sierra I found on ebay for $25. So, being the good dad, I gave up my Trek. He demanded that I take the dorky racks and "horrible" saddle and egg beater pedals off. So I did. I might add that he demanded to keep the trekking bars.
I moved the saddle and rear rack to the Schwinn, raised the seat, added bar ends and started riding.

Over the course of a few months I changed out the biopace triple for a similar vintage triple off of a small Specialized Rock hopper frame, changed the tires - getting prepared to try and widen the axle spacing with allthread and nuts and moving to a set of 36 spoke, 26" wheels I just happen to have lying around.

While looking at the bike today and planning out the next assault upon the vintageness of the Schwinn, I decided to grab a tape measure. I measured the chain stay on my 1993 Giant Kronos, which I have overnight toured on, the 2005 Trek 4300, which I have overnight toured on and the 1985 Scwinn, which I have not toured on, but have used as an all around grocery getter, chore bike for the past year. Kronos - 16", 4300 - 16 5/8", Sierra - 17 7/8" with almost 3/4" inch of unused chainstay left.

When I toured on the Giant and Trek (which is on the MTB conversion thread) I did have a bit of heel strike unless I moved the panniers to the farthest rear position I could. I have never had heel strike on the Sierra while carrying groceries or mail or paint or whatnot. I have dialed in this bike so that it fits. I think the next step will be to see if I can update it to either add drop bars or a trekking bar, find a way to clamp a front rack on, upgrade brakes if necessary and go for a little tour.

Am I crazy?
Nope...I do crazy stuff like that all the time. Try and mount a Wald rear rack on a Raleigh Sports sometime...

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Not crazy but with all that up grade why not just get a good touring bicycle.I think you would be better off in the long run.But if you enjoy working and building bicycle then I say go for it and have fun at it too.I do a lot of crazy stuff to my bicycles too.My 2 cents on this matter.
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Originally Posted by countrydirt

Am I crazy?
Ian,
of course you're not crazy, eccentric yes, crazy no.

Actually, I enjoy doing some of the same things to any number of bikes during the winter evenings. Good luck and I'm sure you can make it work quite well.
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hey it keeps you out of the pool-halls right?

Bio-Pace---yuck, my knees really didnt agree with those htings that came on my 1991 touring bike (back in 91) switched em off after having a knee problem that was probably related to them. Nice idea on paper, but in real life....unless you pedalled real slowly, they were bad suckers for the knees.

I would second the idea to keep an eye out for an old touring bike, you are obviously handy so a fixer upper would be fun, but nice to have a proper frame and wheelset that is made for touring-and heck, they still make for a great all around chore bike whatever with bags on em, mind did.

love the "dorky" and "horrible" rack and seat comments (as I have a teenage son....)
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Originally Posted by countrydirt
Am I crazy?
Manifestly, you are crazy. But it is the sort of crazy that we like, here. In fact it is compulsory to be this sort of crazy. And a vintage MTB is a pretty good candidate for touring. Do you really need drop bars?
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Thank you for the affirmations! Not sure if I need the drop bars, but I do like drop bars - would rather see if I can find a trekking bar that might fit. The only problem might be the tiny hole on the that painted quill stem.

My wife thinks I am crazy, my boys just look at me and roll their eyes.
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