Vintage steel frame bicycle for touring

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Vintage steel frame bicycle for touring

Postby Dredicek » Mon May 05, 2014 10:39 am

Hello,

I never go tour by bicycle. I like to go to Central and South america by bicycle. I am bloody poor and i got idea to grab my old claud butler bicycle (80s/90s) and do some fittings and upgrades. I like to put two panniers on back, on top of rack some bag and on the handlebars camera bag. I don't expect to put any panniers on front wheel. I feel myself that i don't want to carry the crap.

Today I was cycling to work with my 18kg backpack on my back and I had feeling that the bike is not really happy. Im bit worry if it is good idea to "convert" this bicycle to touring one. Is it my worrying just cause I'm not used to carry some weight on bicycle??? or is it really essential buy one of "touring" frames. BTW I would like to use bicycle for communing so i would like bicycle what go reasonably quick (i don't wanna be late at work :D)
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Re: Vintage steel frame bicycle for touring

Postby Vorpal » Mon May 05, 2014 11:03 am

People can tour on pretty much anything. Buying a custom touring bike just makes some aspects easier. When iw as teenager, I did most of my touring on a 70s Raleigh Super Grand Prix that was a bit too big for me :)

Chances are pretty good that your bike can made suitable for touring for not too much money.
If the frame is sound and the bike is in decent condition mechanically, mudguards and some way to carry luggage are probably the basic necessities. After that, you may want to consider the gearing. Typically, you need lower (easier) gears for touring than commuting, but if you currently use mainly the hardest gears for commuting, you might not need to change anything. If, on the other hand, you only use the easiest gears for commuting, you probably will need some easier gears to tour on. It is possible, even on an older bike to have an arrangement that will satisfy both activities.

Maybe you can post some pictures?

p.s. I don't know about the bike, but I wouldn't be happy with an 18kg backpack!
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Re: Vintage steel frame bicycle for touring

Postby Dredicek » Mon May 05, 2014 11:37 am

one more point, rear of my bicycle is bloody heavy compare to front. It still has 10,5 kg but its unbalanced.

btw so i don't need to be worry about next say 30kg on my bicycle?
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Vintage steel frame bicycle for touring

Postby RonK » Mon May 05, 2014 11:44 am

Whatever bike you take to South America, it will have to be strong and in good condition to survive the roads.

You would probably be better off to fit a front rack and distribute your 18kg backpack load.
The theory is simple: a) cycling is inherently fun, and b) the less weight you carry, the more fun it is.

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Re: Vintage steel frame bicycle for touring

Postby mercalia » Mon May 05, 2014 11:50 am

30 kg load seems a lot? thats 4 1/2 stone i dont think i would want that on a bike. how heavy are you?
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Re: Vintage steel frame bicycle for touring

Postby Dredicek » Mon May 05, 2014 11:59 am

say if you crossing desert you need water… I have 80 KG
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Re: Vintage steel frame bicycle for touring

Postby tatanab » Mon May 05, 2014 12:08 pm

Dredicek wrote:I am bloody poor and i got idea to grab my old claud butler bicycle (80s/90s) and do some fittings and upgrades.
That's not "vintage". It is almost new. I have touring frame that was custom built in 1991 and I would not hesitate to take it on tour - except I have newer ones. One serious point though, it looks to me as if you have 27" wheels. If so you really must take a spare tyre or two because 27" are not at all common these days.

with my 18kg backpack on my back and I had feeling that the bike is not really happy.
I am not surprised. You've raised the centre of gravity considerably. This might be ok for a short distance but you will find the bike is a lot happier when you put the weight in panniers etc.
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Re: Vintage steel frame bicycle for touring

Postby nmnm » Fri May 09, 2014 7:06 pm

tatanab wrote:You've raised the centre of gravity
I'm never sure of this point. Snooker cues are easier to balance vertically in the palm of a hand if you have the heavy end up top. We don't move the top end, we move the bottom end, the end in the hand. And with bikes we move the wheels out from under us to induce lean. I find the bike fine with big rucksacks but actually quite tricky with heavy pannier weight at axle height. My back prefers panniers, of course.

I wonder about the costs of getting the bike to south america vs the costs of buying same or better out there, if cash is scarce.
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