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Old 07-09-12, 07:01 PM
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Advice on correct forum: building a touring bike

I have a budget of 2500 dollars to build a touring bike. I already have a quote from Bike Friday to build a custom bike and have done a lot of research (mostly here on BikeForums - what's up everybody!) Can someone tell me where best to post the specs that my bike builder from Bike Friday suggested?

Very excited to move from ultralight hiking to ultralight biking! Hoorah!

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I think this is a good place to post your specs. Lots of us do our own wrenching, parts selection, etc. I built up my Surly LHT from a frame, and have built several other bikes up from frames as well. There are plenty of others here with more expertise than I have, and opinions aplenty.
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Chris, You're in the right forum. There are a few here that use a compact folder and can directly relate with your build.

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Only problem here is that most everyone will try to convince you that the Surly LHT is the only bike suitable for touring!
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I got someone else's custom build, discounted,
lots of things in common with what components I liked ,
and a 56 medium, so I jumped
Pocket Llama, Avid BB7 disc brakes, speed-dial levers
Rear hub: Rohloff, 16t cog 53t chainring.
front: Schmidt dyno hub, centerlock disc.

Cane creek Thudbuster seat post.. folding seat and handlebar mast.
MTB straight handle bar, Ergon bar end-grips..
[though I'm using trekking bars I had]

I ordered a folding front pannier rack .. too.
I had front panniers, already,
and a Bike trailer.. 4_ 406/20" wheels in all ..

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Thanks Everyone! Pretty great to find awesome people given that i'm totally at the bottom of the learning curve but trying my hardest.

This is where i need help if you are willing to give me your advice:

1. I want a bike that is good for touring but also for taking on planes, trains, etc. so hence the Bike Friday NWT.
2. But i also need it to be as maintenance free as possible and be as much fun as possible to ride (is this too much to ask, i don't know - like i said, i'm new).
3. Should i build my bike myself? So to know it inside and out and have pride in knowing i built it with my own two hands (well, assembled really - but it will feel like a massive project given my limited knowledge but i'm willing to learn : ).

Here is the custom bike specs the assigned rep at Bike Friday sent me. To be honest it's a bit Greek to me...when i asked my rep why he picked certain items he suggested we talk on the phone and now we're playing phone tag - but to be honest i don't think there is alot of interest in his part to go back and forth. I understand, he probably gets a lot of people who waste their time but since i'm spending almost 2,500 dollars i'd like to not regret it...any help/suggestions would be more than appreciated.

1. 2d Seatmast Left Fold Mast 2010>NWT/PR/PL/GNU st
2. 2e Stem/BF Made BF Stem Riser, Adjustable for / Ahead 1 1/4 SVS
3. Headset 1 1/4" Cane Creek Solos w/ Wheels Locknut BLA
4. Stems BF Ahead style (60, 75, 90, 105mm) 15deg. CHO
5. QRs, Clamps, Shims Seat Mast Color, 1 1/4" (32mm) Silver (Alloy Kall
6. BARS BF Touring H bar (43, 46, 49cm) flat controls/BC
7. BRAKE LEVERS Avid FR-5 brake lever black - TD
8. BRAKES Avid Single Digit 7 w/cartridge pads - TD
9. Derailleurs Front MicroSHIFT triple long arm FD-R438 braze on
10. Deraillers Rear SRAM X.4 ESP Medium cage 36 tooth total Blac
11. SHIFTERS/CONTROLS SRAM Trigger X-5 9x3 shifters (compat ESP 1
12. CRANKS FSA Gossamer Mexo trple (165, 170, 175mm) CH
13. BB Bearings ZX Comes with crank set
14. Chainrings as comes on crank set
15. Cassette 11-28 9sp SRAM PG950 11,12,13,14,16,18,21,2
16. Chains KMC X9.93 9sp 116L, NP/Dark Silver chain
17. Hub Front BF Select Cartridge Bearing 32o front Black
18. Hub Rear Chosen sealed bearing Rear 32h black (130)
19. Rims Alex DM18 (406) 32o 20 x 1.5" BLK
20. Spokes 14 ga. Stainless w/brass nip
21. Tires Primo comet 20 x 1.35" (406) 100 psi blackwall
22. PEDALS Standard spec - none supplied
23. Seatpost Uno 28.6 x 350mm SP, black
24. Saddle Std. Spec - none supplied
25. Racks, Front BF Front Low Mount Cro-Moly rack BLK 25lbs
26. Racks, Rear BF Folding Rear Rack Cro-Moly tube 65lbs
27. Bottle Cage, Cateye Flexible2
28. Cables - none specificied.

Your thoughts? Please remember i'm not stupid i just don't have any kung fu when it comes to high end bicycles but i'm willing to learn and do more homework if someone can save me from making rookie mistakes.
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"1. I want a bike that is good for touring but also for taking on planes, trains, etc. so hence the Bike Friday NWT.
2. But i also need it to be as maintenance free as possible and be as much fun as possible to ride (is this too much to ask, i don't know - like i said, i'm new).
3. Should i build my bike myself? So to know it inside and out and have pride in knowing i built it with my own two hands (well, assembled really - but it will feel like a massive project given my limited knowledge but i'm willing to learn : )." --brucewillis

1. That's what this model is good for.
2. Maintenance is much the same for all bikes. If there is a local bike shop offering maintenance classes, try to enroll.
3. Assembling a bike is called a build (even though it rarely includes frame manufacture, just a bike-ism) and really should only be attempted after a working knowledge of the maintenance aspect is learned, at the least.

We all have components that we're partial to and some we just don't prefer; not that they're bad or good, just how humans are. Your bike's list of parts are proven pieces, don't worry about them.

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Originally Posted by brucewillis
Thanks Everyone! Pretty great to find awesome people given that i'm totally at the bottom of the learning curve but trying my hardest.

This is where i need help if you are willing to give me your advice:

1. I want a bike that is good for touring but also for taking on planes, trains, etc. so hence the Bike Friday NWT.
2. But i also need it to be as maintenance free as possible and be as much fun as possible to ride (is this too much to ask, i don't know - like i said, i'm new).
3. Should i build my bike myself? So to know it inside and out and have pride in knowing i built it with my own two hands (well, assembled really - but it will feel like a massive project given my limited knowledge but i'm willing to learn : ).

Here is the custom bike specs the assigned rep at Bike Friday sent me. To be honest it's a bit Greek to me...

Your thoughts? Please remember i'm not stupid i just don't have any kung fu when it comes to high end bicycles but i'm willing to learn and do more homework if someone can save me from making rookie mistakes.
1. It's Greek to you so going over individual components isn't a productive dialog for anyone.

2. You'll still have to box up the bike for planes so the savings may not be there.

3. Any bike requires basic maintenance. "fun to ride" will require you finding out what is fun, it's not the bike, it's you.

4. No you shouldn't build the bike yourself, just get a bike and ride it. It gets built once and the rest of the time you ride it.

5. I got a Pocket Llama and NWT w. Llama front fork. For touring with a load a 2.0 Schwalbe Big Apple front tire is mighty nice. It has low rolling resistance but is a much better size tire for riding through sketchy surfaces and a load. They fit on a boat well but I prefer 26"/700c wheels.
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