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Congratulations on your bike purchase. I completely agree with everything the others said. My only comment is that the Dolce's frame is aluminum and may not be suitable for carrying the weight of loaded panniers. If you are staying with family, friends or in hotels the weight you carry should be fine. Too much weight can bend or otherwise damage the frame. Most touring bikes are made of chromoly steel. Talk to your bike shop or contact Specialized to get their advice.There are thousands of aluminum framed touring bikes in use. Cannondale, Trek and many others offer them. It should not be a problem.
An addendum to my recent post. This goes into good detail on why square taper and ISIS bottom brackets, that use larger bearings, are more durable than Hollowtech, etc that use smaller bearings. https://janheine.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/skf-bottom-brackets-after-5-years/.ISIS had a well deserved reputation for being an unreliable and fragile bottom bracket design since the patent was in the public domain and anyone could, and did, make them. Most SIS bottom brackets were cheap and unreliable. Shimano's Hollowtech I Octalink design was similar but far better constructed and more durable. Both used smaller bearings than either square taper or external bearing designs. Like Russ, I take Jan Heine's recommendations with a lot of salt.
Thanks guys. I like the Randonneur bars, will they work with the retroshifters brakeYes, they have the same diameter at the brake lever mount area as other road bars.
caliperlever mounted levers?
I did a little reading in the Park Tools manual and looked at the net. The stem size and the bar size should match, a difference of 0.1 is acceptable but no other. My stem is a 31.8 so I need the bars to be 31.8. Sounds right.31.8 mm handlebar and stem clamp sizes are almost the norm these days so finding matching ones is very easy. Be aware that you will see some handlebars and stems listed as 31.7 mm but these are identical to and interchangeable with "31.8 mm" The difference is that the true diameter is 1-1/8" or 31.75 mm. Most makers round the diameter up to 31.8 mm. A few round down to 31.7 mm but I've always thought this was a bit of a scam to make you think you have to buy both their bars and stem together.
Thanks guys. I have thought of shifters just haven't made up my mind. I was thinking of something more up to date but I understand that those systems can be a little tougher to fix in a pinch. My Di2 system on my Super Six would not be a good fit. I am going to install the shifters on the down tube, I like that idea. Since there is a place for them to be mounted it just makes sense. I don't want bar end, down tube it is.Having ridden quite a lot with downtube shifters in the past, I recommend that you reconsider using them for a touring bike. They are reliable and precise but about as inconvenient as you can get if you need to shift in a hurry because you got surprised by the terrain. Barends are better but not by much. Brifters are, by far, the most convenient shifters but, as you note, can be difficult to impossible to fix if they fail.
I didn't realize it but my frame comes with the place to mount shifters on the down tube. I was not planning on putting them there. Do you guys know if all the Disc Trucker frames come that way? I guess if I didn't want to mount my shifters there I don't have to.Those downtube mounting bosses are standard on nearly all Surly road frames. Both my Cross Check and Pacer also have them.
Your Surly frame will have standard British/ISO threading on the bottom bracket. The threading is different on both sides. Here is what Park Tool says about the threading on your Surly frame.Mostly correct. Yes the Surly will definitely have an English threaded bottom bracket which installs as the Park Tool web site describes. However, there are a lot of non-"normal", non-English compatible bottom bracket and matching cranks out there these days. There are several competing and mutually incompatible press-fit designs that take 30 mm spindles and won't fit the more common 24 mm Shimano Hollowtech II cranks or older square taper cartridges.
"Most modern bikes use an ISO thread standard for the bottom bracket. The left side thread is a right-hand direction thread, which tightens clockwise and removes counter-clockwise. This standard is also called English or BSC. The right side (drive side) thread is a left-hand thread, which tightens counter-clockwise and remove clockwise."
Any normal mountain or road crankets and bottom brackets will work in the frame.
Yeah, there is a misconception that the reduced pressure in the baggage compartment will cause the tires to blow off the rim or "explode" or some such failure. Even in a perfect vacuum, the effective pressure differential in the tire will only increase by just under 15 psi (1 BAR). It's not a real problem.just deflating the tyres.... and deflating the tires is the least important thing the airlines should care about. I never do it. It accomplishes absolutely nothing except making your bike more vulnerable to damage.
Yes but the OP is trying to AVOID 26" wheels. His problem is that the 54 cm Disc Trucker only comes with 26" wheels and he wants 700c which start at 56 cm.The frames are built for 26" wheels through 54CM, 56CM starts the 700C wheels.
A point of clarification in case it matters to you: For the regular LHT, you can get the 26" version across the full range of sizes. In the Disc Trucker, you can get 26" version up to 58cm. Thus, if you can get a 56cm for either 700c or 26".