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Offline MNRider

Am I on the right track?
« on: July 09, 2012, 08:02:15 am »
I originally built my bike as a heavy duty fitness/hybrid but after reading some of the AC articles and lurking on the forum, it appears that it might work adequately as a touring bike. Please let me know if I'm on the right track and if there is anything else I need to get started on day and weekend trips.

Current specs:

  • Frame - 1990 Trek 700 MultiTrack, chrome-moly main triangle with hi-ten stays and fork
  • Drivetrain - Alivio 48/36/26 crankset, Shimano HG 12-25 9sp cassette, Deore FD and Deore LX RD
  • Wheels - Handbuilt 36-spoke, Deore LX hubs, Salsa Delgado doublewall eyeleted rims, DT Swiss butted spokes, Specialized All Condition Armadillo 700c x 25 tires
  • Controls - Flatbar with Deore v-brake levers and Deore LX trigger shifters
  • Brakes - Deore v-brakes
  • Cyclist Interface - Ergon GC2 grips with built-in bar ends, Specialized Avatar saddle, Shimano M530 double sided pedals SPD/Flat
  • Add ons - Bontrager rear rack, underseat bag (tubes and tools), small triangle bag (rain jacket and/or walk-off cable and lock), 144 lumen headlight, three mode LED taillight

Outside of panniers, what else would I need to outfit this bike for short duration trips? Thanks for any tips.

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Offline waynemyer

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Re: Am I on the right track?
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2012, 11:44:49 am »
It looks like you are in plenty good stead. I would suggest a handlebar bag, but that is just my personal preference/love of the convenience it offers.

If you are just taking day and weekend trips, you will quickly find what does and doesn't work for you.  (user:waynemyer)

Offline DaveB

Re: Am I on the right track?
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2012, 07:19:49 pm »
Sounds pretty suitable as long as you are comfortable with flat bars.  I would suggest lower gearing.  a 12x27 9-speed cassette will give you the same cogs from 12 through 21 and only the 23 and 25 are replaced with 24 and 27 gogs.  a 12x32 cassette will give even lower gearing and still work with your shifters and rear derailleur.