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General Discussion / Re: 2007 Trek Madone 5.0 for touring across the states
« on: December 29, 2012, 06:12:18 am »
Thanks for all the replies, wasn't expecting so much feedback in such a sort period of time.  Unfortunately my bike is a double instead of a triple crankset, which seems to be the biggest issue with the setup I'm looking at.  Seems like I might be better to just buy an older touring bike and get some saddle bags for my luggage.   I do feel my bike would be extremely fast on the flats though.

On the plus side just finished up a motorcycle tour here in Vietnam's central highlands, such a beautiful country.   I did see some bikers on the highway with their luggage, seems like might be going from Saigon to Hanoi or the other way around. Seems like it would be a decent
trip as well.


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General Discussion / 2007 Trek Madone 5.0 for touring across the states
« on: December 28, 2012, 06:33:51 am »
Hi, I'm a completely new to this whole touring thing.  I've done triathlons and one half Ironman before.  Currently I'm travelling around the world and plan to cycle from Florida to Washington to end my trip.  I've been reading a bit on this guy's post http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=1&doc_id=7645&v=Qy and would like to do a similar route. 

Anyways my main question is that I have a 2007 Trek Madone 5.0 (http://www.trekbikes.com/ie/en/bikes/2007/archive/madone50) road bike and wasn't sure if it would work for a cross country tour. I was looking at the Burley Nomad Bike Trailer for my luggage. I just wanted to know if this seems like a feasible plan.

I believe it will take about 4 months and cost around 3k-4k, does that sound to be in the right ball park?

This is still 4 months away but wanted to start to get some insight now when I have some spare time, any advice would be great thanks.

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