Author Topic: Complete Newbie Considering Touring  (Read 10563 times)

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Offline mucknort

Re: Complete Newbie Considering Touring
« Reply #15 on: April 07, 2011, 09:43:55 am »
While my research is continuing, the biggest obstacles I currently face is sorting out all the options available to me and honing in on a bike, tent, and other gear I'll need to purchase.  If you guys are interested in helping me figure some of the details out, here's a specific question I have on this topic.  Since I'm a relatively short guy at 5'5" (165 cm), most of the bikes I've looked at in shops aren't a good size for me to use for long-term touring.  Any tips?

Some of us here have discovered that recumbent style bikes are extremely comfortable for touring. I can ride all day long and have no butt, wrist, hand, or neck discomfort. My wife rode a traditional style touring bike twice across the US in her twenties and swore she wouldn't do it again because of riding pains. She agreed to ride coast to coast on a recumbent in her 50's and couldn't believe how comfortable it was in comparison. She is 5'5" and rode on a Rans Stratus. Easy Racers makes touring recumbents that fit to under 5'.
You might want to give one a try.

http://www.bicycleman.com/recumbents/recumbent_faqs.htm
http://www.bicycleman.com/recumbents/recumbent_glossary.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recumbent_bicycle

« Last Edit: April 08, 2011, 08:29:49 am by mucknort »

Offline paddleboy17

Re: Complete Newbie Considering Touring
« Reply #16 on: April 08, 2011, 01:15:18 pm »
If you guys are interested in helping me figure some of the details out, here's a specific question I have on this topic.  Since I'm a relatively short guy at 5'5" (165 cm), most of the bikes I've looked at in shops aren't a good size for me to use for long-term touring.  Any tips?

I am only an inch taller than you, but my height comes from my torso and not my legs.  You are probably looking at 48CM, 49CM, or 50CM frame.  Depending upon what bike you want, a competent bike shop should be able to get you a frame that size.

I might encourage you to look at the Surly Long Haul Trucker.  Their smaller frame are adapted to 26" in wheels instead of the more traditional 700C wheels.  The probably gives you the most options for getting a frame with the right top tube length and standover height.

If your budget has more cash in it, then Gunnar has a good history of making small frames that work for people.  I live in Michigan, and for unknown reasons, Gunnar has wrapped up the local Latino bike market, or so my local bike shop tells me.  Same bike shop says that most  Latinos are shorter than most gringos.

If you have an even bigger budget, there are lots of custom options.  I have a Waterford custom frame, but I have had stock frames fit me just fine.  I got the Waterford for stiffness reasons, and not because of my body proportions.
Danno

Offline Bike Hermit

Re: Complete Newbie Con<<sidering Touring
« Reply #17 on: April 08, 2011, 08:01:25 pm »
Hope it's OK to toot my own horn
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Re: Complete Newbie Con<<sidering Touring
« Reply #18 on: April 08, 2011, 09:46:24 pm »
Hope it's OK to toot my own horn

Yes, commercial links that are relevant to the topic at hand are welcome. Up front advertising is not. I'd guess you are referring to the article about bike size.

Fred

Offline Bike Hermit

Re: Complete Newbie Con<<sidering Touring
« Reply #19 on: April 11, 2011, 06:34:28 pm »
Hope it's OK to toot my own horn

Yes, commercial links that are relevant to the topic at hand are welcome. Up front advertising is not. I'd guess you are referring to the article about bike size.

Fred
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Offline PeteJack

Re: Complete Newbie Considering Touring
« Reply #20 on: April 13, 2011, 06:14:39 pm »
Talking of chain lubes my local REI guy said "It's like Coke and Pepsi". There's a lot of opinions out there, remember they are just that. What is the ultimate gizmo for one may be utter rubbish for another. Don't let the thought that you may get something people will laugh at paralyze you. The main thing is to get out there and do it. You are going to make mistakes. Learn from them. They make good war stories to share with your fellow tourists. You'll be delighted to find how many people have made the same mistake.

I do have one suggestion. When you start don't get too ambitious. As people have already suggested start with a single overnight trip. It's so much fun not having to end a ride where you started. And if you are not an experienced camper stay in a motel. This will give you a feel for what you can do

Online staehpj1

Re: Complete Newbie Considering Touring
« Reply #21 on: April 13, 2011, 06:53:13 pm »
I do have one suggestion. When you start don't get too ambitious. As people have already suggested start with a single overnight trip. It's so much fun not having to end a ride where you started. And if you are not an experienced camper stay in a motel. This will give you a feel for what you can do
Probably good advice, but three of us did the Trans America together as our first tour and it only made it more of an adventure.  We were all experienced at camping from backpacking and other outdoor pursuits though.

Offline valygrl

Re: Complete Newbie Considering Touring
« Reply #22 on: April 13, 2011, 07:29:54 pm »
I'm 5'2" tall and ride a 17" Trek 520.  The little LHTs would fit me too.

Offline Westinghouse

Re: Complete Newbie Considering Touring
« Reply #23 on: April 19, 2011, 01:17:06 pm »
I have never toured with a trailer of any kind, nor with the clip-in pedals, but I have read many articles written by those who have toured using both. Panniers or trailer, you are ok with either way of packing anf hauling necessary gear. The many comments I have read by people who used clip-in pedals were all quite favourable. Panniers do the job, and I have not figured out what the problem might be using them. A trailer might weigh more than panniers, and then you have two more wheels and two more tires. It's all in the way you want to do it. Either was is fine.