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'13 Trek Madone 2.1

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nun:

--- Quote from: RussSeaton on January 11, 2013, 06:08:16 pm ---A seatpost rack and bag will work fine for light touring where you stay in motels.  Or a Carradice bag on the back of the saddle.  Looking at the Trek website, your bike comes with either a compact 34x30 or triple 30x30 low gear.  Good enough for light touring.


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If you have sufficient saddle to rear wheel clearance you don't necessarily need a rear rack for a large Carradice saddlebag. I hang a Camper longflap off my saddle and buckle the third strap around the seat post. Combine that with a handlebar bag and you can do fully loaded touring for 20lbs or less, and there is no need for racks at all. And of course there is the bikepacking approach.

http://wheelsofchance.org/2012/12/25/gear-list/

cmtbiz:
Wow i love that rear and front bag options. You gave me hope. Thanks

nun:

--- Quote from: cmtbiz on January 12, 2013, 01:34:30 pm ---Wow i love that rear and front bag options. You gave me hope. Thanks

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You might need a seatpost or saddle mounted support if your bike is smaller than 56cm, but there are plenty of those. It's easy to do credit card touring with such a setup and with careful gear choices you can do fully loaded touring too. If you are doing a credit card tour a smaller saddlebag than the Carradice Camper will work just fine.

mozzyman:
I was in the same boat with my Specialized Sequoia Elite, front forks are carbon and wheelset not meant to pack that much extra weight (I am doing a week fully self supported).  For my planned summer tour of the Oregon coast I picked up a used BOB trailer on Craigslist, might want to think about this and not have to go so light or carry a backpack.

nun:

--- Quote from: mozzyman on January 13, 2013, 03:18:40 pm ---I was in the same boat with my Specialized Sequoia Elite, front forks are carbon and wheelset not meant to pack that much extra weight (I am doing a week fully self supported).  For my planned summer tour of the Oregon coast I picked up a used BOB trailer on Craigslist, might want to think about this and not have to go so light or carry a backpack.

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I don't like the idea of a trailer as they are heavy in themselves, encourage over packing, and can dramatically affect bike handling. The OP is looking to do some credit card touring so frame bags, saddlebags and handle bar bag combinations will probably work without the need for racks or a backpack. The one thing I'd really change on a road bike for lightweight touring would be to get a new 32 spoke wheel set.

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