Touring on a cross bike?

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Re: Touring on a cross bike?

Postby Baalzamon » Sun Jun 10, 2012 2:24 pm

Pravda wrote:Whoa! This generated a lot of discussion. Thanks for the feedback, at this stage I'm looking at a Kona Jake the Snake which in my size has a 425mm chainstay so probably within the region that I'll need to shift panniers slightly. I'm 6'3, 83kg and wear a size 46. That said I'm not looking at any really epic tours just yet, trying to ease a couple of mates into some serious riding so it'll probably be just 3-4 day treks at this stage.

What other options do I have around the Jake the Snake ($1700-$1900) mark as far as bikes go, given I'll probably need to budget around $500 for other equipment.


From what I can tell online Jake the Snake
Mudguards?
Front rack?
Can't see eyelets for them
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Re: Touring on a cross bike?

Postby il padrone » Sun Jun 10, 2012 2:38 pm

This?

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Alloy frame with no rack eyelets, nor mudguard eyes. Ovalised tubing to the extreme = very dificult to use p-clamps to fit racks.

I guess you could fit the Freeload racks to it, but these are really not ideal for fitting panniers either.

It does not look like an ideal CX/touring conversion, to me.
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Re: Touring on a cross bike?

Postby Aushiker » Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:43 pm

This popped up at Reddit. This guy is touring on a Surly Cross Check.

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Re: Touring on a cross bike?

Postby Uncle Just » Mon Jun 11, 2012 4:57 pm

This journal on CGOAB is worth reading about a young man who did a long tour on a Surly Cross Check in 2010 .. http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=1 ... =6976&v=pu
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Re: Touring on a cross bike?

Postby jasonc » Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:38 am

it was suggested that I post this image here showing how strong a wheel can be:

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sorry about the cross post
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Re: Touring on a cross bike?

Postby J Quinton » Tue Jun 12, 2012 2:05 pm

Baalzamon wrote:And of for touring, steel is real



Dream on...
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Re: Touring on a cross bike?

Postby Baalzamon » Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:15 pm

J Quinton wrote:
Baalzamon wrote:And of for touring, steel is real



Dream on...


Well I'd like to see you get Alu or titanium repaired in a rural town or even more remote.
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Re: Touring on a cross bike?

Postby KenGS » Wed Jun 13, 2012 11:41 pm

Surly bikes
Cross bikes.
I like to tour on my Happy bike :)
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Re: Touring on a cross bike?

Postby il padrone » Thu Jun 14, 2012 12:19 am

Like all good travellers my bike is a Nomad :wink:
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