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Trek 470 a decent bike for touring?

Old 08-18-13, 08:22 PM
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Trek 470 a decent bike for touring?

Hi there,

I'm going to be new to touring in the very near future. I have plenty of biking experience but I've never set up a touring bike.

I'm looking at buying a 1998 trek 470 and using it for touring. Does anyone have any opinion of weather this will be a decent bike for the job? When it comes to being on asphalt I prefer light, tight responsive bikes so I think this may suit me a little better than a modern touring frame. But then again, when loaded with panniers etc I'm not sure how responsive any bike will feel no matter how swift she is normally. Any views on this?

Also, would anyone have any idea of the load a trek 470 could bare is? I came across a mention that this bike has slightly shorter chainstays than a regular touring frame so that could make it difficult to mount panniers. I don't really understand this though, is it that the panniers may be too close to your feet when peddling with shorter chainstays? Or what am I missing here?

Anyway, your wisdom and insight would be much appreciated.
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It is not geared for touring.

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Ok, thanks for your reply. I'm not too worried about the gearing as chainsets can be very easily changed.
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cafolla, Well, it isn't the usual first thought for a tourer, but there is a member that has toured using a Cannondale criterium racing frame. How much weight the bike can carry maybe just a call to Trek away, no doubt you'll have to pack wisely and be sure to take your own weight into consideration.

23 mm tires are going to be inadequate, perhaps the frame will fit 28 mm tires(?). There is also the option of using a trailer which would allow the bicycle to remain largely unchanged.

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Hi Brad,

Thanks for your reply. I agree, 23's seem a little too skinny for load bearing. I was thinking to change them over to 28's. I'd have to make sure that there is enough clearance to get a set of mud guards in there too of course.

I might try get in contact with trek about its carrying capacity.

Thanks again,
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im probably too late for this reply, but ive just bought a second hand one.. the frame is responsive and fast.. but it wont take mudguards for sure, and not likley wider wheels, i wouldnt say it was a good tourer bike at all.
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