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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 5:30 pm 
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If you are planning a cycling holiday that involves camping, forget about anything other than a proper tourer.

For light touring (B&Bs etc) then an Audax bike is OK, but you won't want more than 10kg of stuff.

You can build really brilliant tourers from early 1990s steel MTBs - my favorite bike is a 1990 Marin Palisades with drop bars. It's fast enough, and still rock steady with a big load. With some lightish bits it's 24.5lb with mudguards and a rack. Top-end MTB frames can be a bit lightweight and flexy so a midrange frame is really best suited - a Specialized Rockhopper would be another good pick. Konas tend to be a bit long in the top tube to take drop bars comfortably.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 6:42 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Is a proper tourer a very heavy bike?
You some time come across with old tourers 531 Reynolds frame, do their 531 frames weight the same of racing frames or are they much thicker hence heavier?


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 7:09 pm 
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pigman wrote:
I think, we're kinda saying the same thing

Yeah we are, you're just better at it than I am :D

One other thing to think about with old bikes, Tusco: they have a habit of breeding. I only had my old Raleigh at one point but I seem to have 5 bikes now. Once the bug bites and the word goes out that you like old stuff... it's a vicious circle dude :D


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2010 2:59 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Jonny69 wrote:
One other thing to think about with old bikes, Tusco: they have a habit of breeding. I only had my old Raleigh at one point but I seem to have 5 bikes now. Once the bug bites and the word goes out that you like old stuff... it's a vicious circle dude :D


there's no danger for me: I haven't got money and space for more than 1 bike :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2010 3:15 pm 
Retro Guru

Joined: Tue Oct 23, 2007 4:57 pm
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Location: Leeds
Where abouts are you based?


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2010 3:23 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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s_zigmond wrote:
Where abouts are you based?


Edinburgh, why?


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2010 3:46 pm 
Retro Guru

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If you had been in Leeds area I would have told you to have a look at recycel engineering


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 26, 2010 3:50 pm 
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I generally use my 'modern' Bianchi Nirone on most group rides but sometimes take one of my retro steeds out for an airing. I don't feel at to much of a disadvantage and I suppose it makes me try harder! Some of the younger riders look at me a bit strangely and can't seem to understand why I don't go straight out of the back. I can't be bothered to explain that it's the rider not just the bike!


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