Building my first touring bike

Discussion in 'Touring and recreational cycling' started by NoobClimber, Sep 29, 2021.

  1. NoobClimber

    NoobClimber New Member

    Mar 10, 2021
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    Hi all, I'm currently building my first touring bike. I bought a Trek Grando 520 frame which is nice and lightweight. Now my question, is this gear ratio enough for a touring bike: 1x 36T crank - 11:42 cassette? Or should I consider a 2x set up with 36/26T crankset?

    Also, I'm looking for a not-so-pricey bike rack. Is fork-mounted bike rack safe?


  2. Froze

    Froze Well-Known Member

    Jul 13, 2004
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    Are you touring on flat roads with mild hills? or are you going to be doing some mountain roads as well? Are you going with an ultralight touring setup? or a regular touring setup?

    With a loaded touring bike that will see some mountains you should have a triple set up; it makes hauling loads up easier. If you have an ultralight set up for touring then a double will work just fine. I'm not sure though if a triple will work on that particular bike, I know Trek used triples on the older version of the 520.

    If you go with a double only you might want to consider using a 32/22, or a 38/22 or 21 instead.

    With all honestly, I can't recommend a single for touring. I know that some people do that sort of thing, but in order to have an easier time of it a double, or triple depending, is idea.