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Old 04-07-14, 04:55 PM
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Touring rig options for my girlfriend?

This summer my girlfriend would like to join me on a couple of shorter tours. We're thinking the longest will probably be in the 4-5 day range, and everything else will be no more than 2 nights. Right now she has a road bike and a mixte that she uses to commute to work, and I'm taxed with the question of making the road bike work for light touring, getting her a used tourer or selling the road bike and buying a new/ newer tourer.

Her current road bike is a Fuji Newest 2.0, which I think is a 2008 model, with a triple crank up front and either an 8 or 9 speed Tiagra setup in the rear. The front fork was replaced last summer with a Dimension brand carbon model. The original was crushed by a couch when my roommate moved out. The bike also has what I've come to refer to as either "oh ***** brakes" or "cx brakes," I've been looking for an excuse to take these off for 3 years, but she likes them and doesn't want them removed unless they absolutely must be. The rear dropouts appear to have a mounting point for a rack, but the front does not.

My question is should I try to convert this to a light tourer, or should I start from scratch with a different bike? The Fuji is solid right now, but I can see her needing a new road bike in the next 2 years or so. Any good options for a road/ tourer you'd recommend?

Ideally we spend less than a grand on a replacement bike.

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If she likes the bike, just get a trailer. There are plenty of threads on trailers versus panniers. Since the bike has a triple, gearing shouldn't be a problem. If she decides she likes touring, you can look for a different bike if you think this doesn't quite cut it.
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Originally Posted by bikemig
If she likes the bike, just get a trailer. There are plenty of threads on trailers versus panniers. Since the bike has a triple, gearing shouldn't be a problem. If she decides she likes touring, you can look for a different bike if you think this doesn't quite cut it.
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Thanks.

I'll run the idea of a trailer by her, it is up to her after all.
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She can do a couple nights No problem with just rear panniers if you're sharing a tent and you have it on your bike. I think she could even comfortably get 5 days out of it if you add a handlebar bag and she packs light or doesn't mind rinsing out some clothes mid-week or wearing the same thing a couple times. After a couple 1-2 nighters she can get a better idea of things. Then maybe she'd be able to better decide what route would be best for a bike. If she then decides she wants to get a "real" touring bike, you can sell the Fuji. Or, what I think might be another good idea, sell the mixte. Touring bikes make great commuters. Then she'll have a nice touring/commuter and still have a fun "go fast" bike. If money is an issue, she could just do the light touring on the Fuji while she saves for a nicer touring.

Also, I don't mean to get off topic, but since you mentioned it... I'm wondering why you would want to take off the cx brakes. Is it just because you aren't used to them? Or are hers just of poor quality and don't work? If it's because you aren't used to them, I think you should leave it alone. It's her bike. If they're just crappy ones, this could be a good opportunity to talk her into upgrading to a nicer set. They don't cost that much. They don't negatively affect anything, and give you another braking option for when you feel like riding the flats.
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Seat post rack worked fine for me.

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Originally Posted by 3speed
Also, I don't mean to get off topic, but since you mentioned it... I'm wondering why you would want to take off the cx brakes. Is it just because you aren't used to them? Or are hers just of poor quality and don't work? If it's because you aren't used to them, I think you should leave it alone. It's her bike. If they're just crappy ones, this could be a good opportunity to talk her into upgrading to a nicer set. They don't cost that much. They don't negatively affect anything, and give you another braking option for when you feel like riding the flats.
Sorry, in the OP I meant to comment on how they would interfere with a handlebar bag if we went that route.
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@ 10Wheels: That looks pretty slick! I'm going to look into some seat post options if we can't get a rear rack to work with the tiny eyelets on the rear dropouts.

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@ 10Wheels: That looks pretty slick! I'm going to look into some seat post options if we can't get a rear rack to work with the tiny eyelets on the rear dropouts.
Get a Topeak rack they have several to choose from.



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Originally Posted by Lars3
Sorry, in the OP I meant to comment on how they would interfere with a handlebar bag if we went that route.
Ah! OK. That makes sense then. Though I think they do make bags that are on mounts a little further out to accommodate those style levers, I'm sure they're expensive and I don't know of any off hand to give as an example anyway. I'd probably ditch cx levers from my touring if I were running a bar bag.

The seat post mounted rack is a good option if you don't have the mounts, but if you can use them, I'd suggest going with a traditional rack. It'll keep the weight lower, which is even more important for a smaller rider.

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My wife rode across the country with just 2 small panniers and a rackpack. I carried the tent and cooking gear. I think it would be worth a try to use what she has. Depending on where you are riding, it might be good to change out the rear cassette to something like a 12-34. This would require a Mtn rear darailleur, but it would make her smile on the hills. A quick fix for about $65.

These are actually Ortlieb front panniers she was using on the back. She lived out of those bags for 74 days.



One of our daughters uses her mom's road bike with rear rack and smallish panniers. That includes sleeping bag, pad and part of her and her sister's tent. That is a Speialized Allez with carbon fork. She carries about 20-25 pounds, on some pretty delicate looking wheels. Heel clearance with the panniers could be an issue for a road bike.



My wife and I have also done a lot of 2-3 week lightly loaded trips with full camping gear using our road bikes. 25 mm tires give a little better ride than 23's.


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Originally Posted by Lars3
Sorry, in the OP I meant to comment on how they would interfere with a handlebar bag if we went that route.
Not necessarily. These are on my Cannondale Touring bike. This is an Ortlieb bar bag mounting bracket. It is tight, but there is room, at least on my bars. These are Cane Creek levers, and actually give me more stopping power than my regular shift/brake levers. One of the other guys on the forum showed me how he mounted his by tilting the levers down a little. I followed his suggestion and everything fits.



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Originally Posted by Doug64
Not necessarily. These are on my Cannondale Touring bike. This is an Ortlieb bar bag mounting bracket. It is tight, but there is room, at least on my bars. These are Cane Creek levers, and actually give me more stopping power than my regular shift/brake levers. One of the other guys on the forum showed me how he mounted his by tilting the levers down a little. I followed his suggestion and everything fits.
I have a small off brand handlebar bag that I've tried to fit on her bars before and it completely blocks the top-brakes. I'll try rotating them down and see if that helps.
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Trailer , [I like 2 wheel types] will be useful all year around as well ..

ORTLIEB - Ersatzteile / Spare parts / Pièces de rechange
Ortlieb Art.-Nr: e165
and Klickfix
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both have an extension piece for their bar bag QR's to move it out more for those top mount levers to have space..

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