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Gear Talk / Re: Opinions on first budget touring bike
« on: April 29, 2020, 11:34:39 am »
Upon further research this morning it looks like the deore cranks have a 110mm spindle length whereas the 105s have a 118.5 length. Am I able to just order a new BB and spindle for those cranks? I found this info on https://www.sheldonbrown.com/bbsize.html. What are peoples opinions on square taper vs octolink V1? My long term goal is distance touring and easy service/parts.

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Gear Talk / Re: Opinions on first budget touring bike
« on: April 28, 2020, 11:18:42 pm »
I was digging through my parts bin and found a set of deore cranks that have a 110 BCD. model FC-MT60. I'm not sure if these are worth putting on once my current chainrings wear out (or if they'd even fit).

here's links that I found on my current set: http://velobase.com/ViewComponent.aspx?ID=CEDB66E4-5515-4248-B333-A6CB33366801&Enum=115&AbsPos=22

Deore set: http://velobase.com/ViewComponent.aspx?ID=dadd7d79-0fd8-4a5b-a578-4f76495ec375

I see they are heavier, and have a different spindle shape. Is this a silly idea?

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Gear Talk / Re: Opinions on first budget touring bike
« on: April 27, 2020, 12:08:26 pm »
I tore the drive train apart and cleaned everything up. It has 46/39/24 and 11-32. The only thing showing signs of wear is the 39t chainring. I think im going to drop it down to get better mid range. Do you think just a tooth to 38 or should I go lower? and will any ring with a 130BCD work or do I need specific rings to keep shifting working well. Also what brands should I be looking at for durability? I'm glad I decided to join these forums.

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Gear Talk / Re: Opinions on first budget touring bike
« on: April 23, 2020, 05:06:48 pm »
Well I purchased the bike! I ended up taking it for 375. I've never owned a road bike that is actually my size and boy is it comfy. I appreciate all of the input from you guys. hardly any signs of wear and very well maintained from what I can see. He even swapped the chainrings and put in a new surly fork with a taller steer tube. very comfy ride! 

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Gear Talk / Re: Opinions on first budget touring bike
« on: April 23, 2020, 10:39:34 am »
Thanks for the input everyone! The frame size is a 23in and I am 6’. From what I can tell, this should be the right size for me as a touring bike. It looks like roadbikes are sized a bit larger whereas touring bikes are sized down a bit for comfort. I plan to take whatever bike I get to the local shop to get fitted properly, but the frame size seems to be fine. Should I size up?

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Gear Talk / Opinions on first budget touring bike
« on: April 22, 2020, 10:49:29 pm »
Newbie alert!

I'm planning to get into bicycle touring once the times allow and I am curious what peoples thoughts are early 2000's bikes. I'm planning to get a 2003 Trek 520 for 400$ which after doing a decent amount of research seems to be a pretty solid bike for commuting and touring. However after talking with a friend he thinks I should avoid it as bicycle standards have changed since then and parts may be hard to find. At this price point should I be concerned?

I appreciate any feedback!

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