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TCR / Compact Comfort(8 posts)

TCR / Compact Comforttimeshare
Feb 11, 2002 2:52 AM
I am Planing a trip of a lifetime to Europe where I plan to ride some of theCobbled Classics routes. I am looking at getting a Gaint TCR as I can get a great value build on one and with travelling I would not want to risk a hughly expensive bike. I am unsure if the compact design will be too uncomftable for these kind of roads. I have talked to a few people who say that putting on larger tyres will make more differenct to the comfort than the frame. Others think that the longer length of exposed seat post will help dampen the vibrations and aid comfort.
Tires more importantDave Hickey
Feb 11, 2002 4:03 AM
Put on 25c tires instead of the usual 23c and don't overinflate. You'll be fine
Biggest tires you can fit in the frameRetro
Feb 11, 2002 7:59 AM
I rode there years ago, before I was even semi-serious about cycling (just a lucky coming-together of events; wish it would happen again). I think you'll find that the bigger the tires you can wedge in there, the better, at least assuming you don't weigh 120 pounds or something. There's no reason to run hard, skinny tires for most of the riding most of us do anyway, but it's especially noticeable on the cobbles.
re: TCR / Compact ComfortMuncher.
Feb 11, 2002 5:35 AM
Fat tyres and a road suspension seat-post will make your life far more comfortable.
re: TCR / Compact ComfortCT1
Feb 11, 2002 7:15 AM
The TCR is a surprisingly comfy AL frame. I've got a medium and have done 150 mile days on it and felt just fine at the end. It's certainly the most comfy Al frame I've ever ridden. It's not as comfy as my CT1 but it's very similar to my carbon LOOK KG frameset in comfort.

Have you ridden a TCR??? Does the VERY limited TCR frame sizing fit you????

I would also recommend that you consider a Ti frame. It sounds like you'll be doing multi-day rides so you'll need every bit of comfort that's possible.

good luck
JohnG
I'd say nocyclopathic
Feb 11, 2002 9:14 PM
I've used TCR for brevets and 190mi wasn't something my knees could tolerate. Yes big tires with lower pressure smooth the ride, yes long extended post works and no there is nothing to isolate your knees from vibration. I could probably use gel shoe inserts but the truth is there are many steel bikes good for touring, if you don’t wanna pay Ti price.
have you ridden on cobbles?scruffyduncan
Feb 12, 2002 4:39 AM
I live on a cobbled street, admittedly in London not France or belgium, but if its anything to go by I'd suggest putting some slicks on a mountain bike or saying goodbye to your knees and prostrate. Cobbles look cute but they are no surface for riding long distances. They don't call Paris-Roubaix "hell of of the north" for nothing!
no, butcyclopathic
Feb 12, 2002 6:28 AM
I've ridden on New England roads at night :)
there're potholes big enough to swallow front wheel.
and yes sometimes I take my skinny tires on dirt roads.

my choice would be a steel cyclocross frame/fork with 32mm tires, if not steel road setup with biggest tires to fit caliper brakes and clear chainstays (28-30mm)