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Modify a Time Trial/Triathlon Bike for a Short Tour??

Old 07-25-10, 07:25 PM
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Modify a Time Trial/Triathlon Bike for a Short Tour??

Is it possible/recommended that I make a few modifications to my P2 SL Cervelo (Time Trial/Tri bike) for a 250km tour? We're staying at hotels, so I can truly pack lightly. I weigh 100lbs, so weight is not really an issue - unless I should be worried about being blown over by transport truck wind...

I plan on using a small rackpack (10L or so).

Any advice would be wonderful.
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if you are comfy on your bike, i don't see any problem. by "a few modifications", i am guessing your bike is set up for racing at the moment, and you will swap out stuff like a light saddle for something more comfy and disk wheels for training wheels with fatter rubber? if you don't mind long distances on your tt bar, then you are probably good to go.
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Hi Jabantik00! Thanks for your response. I will have a comfy saddle and training wheels. I have a cheater way of holding onto my bars where I'm in a less hunched over position I'm really excited for my first tour!

Does any one have bad stories of their wheels being damaged by potholes? Do I need even sturdier wheels?
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For such a short tour with little gear, it might work.

It's tough to say too precisely without knowing a bit more about the itinerary. For example, if you're rolling out your front door or driving 2 hours to the start, not a big deal. If you are flying to your destination (unlikely but possible) then it's almost certainly more trouble than it's worth.

There are other issues, such as:

how many days are you using to cover the 250km
how long can you really ride on that bike day after day and still enjoy it
how wide of tires can you fit on the bike
is the gearing appropriate for your route
can you easily adjust the stem to get a more upright position (more comfort, better view)
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Should be possible, not sure it is recomended, except in the sense that we all started on something, and it wasn't really a touring bike for many of us. My main concern is what are the other people riding. you can get away with a lot of stuff, but where it gets painful is when you are out there with other people who are on very different bikes, or not really the point here, have very different fitness levels. If you are out there on a bike that lets you go 20 percent faster than the rest of them, for half the time, that can be a problem, but otherwise, enjoy.
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