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.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.
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.with my 18kg backpack on my back and I had feeling that the bike is not really happy.
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.tatanab wrote:You've raised the centre of gravity
Not sure what your boyfriend's experience qualifications are but you yourself are surely one of the most experienced world tourers hereabouts and I'd trust your own views on this!Aubergine wrote:survived me very well in Kyrgyzstan, the Himalayas, Morocco etc
Aubergine wrote:Continuing this post since I have a similar question - I'm thinking of cycling in South America next year, likely along the salt plains in Bolivia and some fairly off-road tracks.
I have a ridgeback voyager bike, which survived me very well in Kyrgyzstan, the Himalayas, Morocco etc. I added an additional gear ring at the back so I can cope with mountain passes.
My boyfriend thinks that it may not be up to scratch for South America and that I should invest in a mountain bike. I'm slightly loathe to get a mountain bike since:
1.I don't want to buy another bike when my current one is great! and 2.I imagine it will be much tougher when we are on tarmac roads.
Any thoughts? If I should get another bike, any recommendations? Thank you!
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