Author Topic: Litespeed BlueRidge Touring Bicycle on eBay!!  (Read 11160 times)

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Offline rmsmith

Litespeed BlueRidge Touring Bicycle on eBay!!
« on: March 14, 2011, 08:31:11 pm »
I saw this ad earlier today; it's not mine.

LiteSpeed - BlueRidge Pro Touring /Titanium
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180639171501


Offline RussSeaton

Re: Litespeed BlueRidge Touring Bicycle on eBay!!
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2011, 10:11:28 pm »
I have a hard time thinking of this as much of a touring bike.  Maybe if you carry very light rear panniers only.  The bike looks like it can accomodate a rear rack.  Seatstay rack mounts.  Or one of those seatpost racks for a rack bag.  The carbon fork will not accomodate any kind of rack.  The STI with the cables coming out the side will not allow a handlebar bag.

Offline litespeed

Re: Litespeed BlueRidge Touring Bicycle on eBay!!
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2011, 10:35:12 pm »
A Litespeed Blue Ridge costs $3400 new (last I heard). This is a steal. I have been pounding mine heavily loaded for some 30,000+ miles around North America for over ten years now. I have never covered it while camping or cleaned it while on the road. It still has the original headset and Bruce Gordon racks. Mine came with a steel fork. I find it hard to believe this one has a carbon fork. I did have custom wheels made to accomodate larger tires and switched the Ultegra triple at the crank to Deore XT. I also ordered it with barend shifters. It is my beloved companion and a lifetime investment. I expect it to easily outlast me. Titanium is forever.
« Last Edit: March 15, 2011, 06:21:26 pm by litespeed »

Offline DaveB

Re: Litespeed BlueRidge Touring Bicycle on eBay!!
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2011, 09:42:40 am »
The Blueridge is indeed a touring bike.  The rear dropouts have rack and fender mounts and the chainstays are long enough for clearance for decent size tires.

The cantilever mounts on the current fork will allow use of a front rack with qr skewer mounts at the dropouts. 

STI's do interfer with a handlebar bag but lots of touring bikes use STIs so that doesn't seem to be a problem and you could easily retrofit barend shifters if you want them. 

The advantage of Ti frames is their absolute resistance to corrosion and very long service life.  Yes, they can't be field-repaired but neither can carbon, aluminum or most thin-walled steel and Ti is the least likely to need it.

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Re: Litespeed BlueRidge Touring Bicycle on eBay!!
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2011, 04:01:28 pm »
Good prices for a Ti-bikes       www.habcycles.com

Offline litespeed

Re: Litespeed BlueRidge Touring Bicycle on eBay!!
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2011, 07:49:33 pm »
Maybe I missed something but I can't find the bike size anywhere on the ad. (?)

Offline aggie

Re: Litespeed BlueRidge Touring Bicycle on eBay!!
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2011, 09:51:21 pm »
Maybe I missed something but I can't find the bike size anywhere on the ad. (?)
  The ad says it's 59cm.

Offline litespeed

Re: Litespeed BlueRidge Touring Bicycle on eBay!!
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2011, 10:53:25 am »
Ah so. Thank you. For some reason I couldn't scroll down to the lower part of the ad before.