New bike fever - want something fast, Tiagra or 105, with rear rack mount



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Hank Wirtz

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On Sep 28, 8:27 pm, [email protected] wrote:
> On Aug 9, 4:24 pm, Hank Wirtz <[email protected]> wrote:
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> > On Aug 9, 2:06 pm, Steve Gravrock <[email protected]> wrote:

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> > > On 2007-08-09, [email protected] <[email protected]> wrote:

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> > > > Yet on 95% of my loaded commute rides, it's only about 20-25 max lbs
> > > > of clothes, etc. 50 lbs on a severely loaded day, which I can shift
> > > > over to my vintage Rockhopper mountain bike.

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> > > Have you actually weighed your typical load? If not, do so. You may be
> > > surprised. 20 lbs is a lot of clothes. For reference, my typical
> > > commuting load is less than 10 lbs including clothes, toolkit, and
> > > lunch. Two full panniers of groceries usually weigh in around 30-35
> > > lbs. I would consider that to be about the upper limit of what I'd want
> > > to have on the rear rack of a short-chainstay sport bike.

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> > > I'd suggest throwing together some typical loads and weighing them if
> > > you haven't already done so. It may make a big difference in your
> > > strategy.

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> > Amen to that. Weigh your load and know for sure. A hugely loaded tour,
> > with a week's worth of clothes, tent and sleeping bag, cookstove,
> > food, extra shoes (I took both Lake SPD sandals and Cannondale touring
> > shoes), A repair kit including five tubes, a spare tire, and spare
> > chain, and about 15 other things I can't remember totalled less than
> > 60 lbs. and it rode like a tank. Bike plus gear was about 92 or so on
> > my Surly Long Haul trucker with 35mm tires.

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> > I would not trust 50 lbs on a converted sport bike, period. 40, just
> > maybe. It would effect handling too much, and with 28 mm tires
> > (probably the biggest that would fit between the stays and in the
> > fork) pinch flats would be a concern. Forget 23s.

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> > For what it's worth, your dog-slow steel Fuji Touring is more of a
> > "real road bike" than half of the stuff in LBSes these days. [/
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> "A repair kit including five tubes"
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> Wow! Hank, you get a lot of flats?
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> Smokey


I didn't get any on my tour this summer. If I'd only carried one or
two tubes, I'm sure I'd have had three unrepairable flats.

Cheap insurance, if you can find a place to carry them.