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training advice and bike set-up questions...(9 posts)

training advice and bike set-up questions...dustin73
Oct 5, 2003 12:05 PM
man, it's been a while since i've been around these parts...

anywho, the University of Texas has a group borrowing the Hopkins 4K for Cancer idea this year. we're gonna be riding from Austin to Anchorage (sp?) over a span of about 2 months, averaging 75mi/day. the ride is stated for June through July, and in the last meeting, the director said team workouts would begin next semester (mid-January). in my humble opinion, 5 months really isn't going to be enough time to get prepared. i'm starting to run right now to work on cardio, but what else can i do to prepare myself?

as for the bike...i have no road bike, just sold mine. Trek has offered their 520 touring bike to us at cost. being that i lack a road bike, i would rather spend my money getting a road bike, instead of a touring bike. would the decision to purchase a road bike, and using that on the trip, be a bad idea? can a touring bike be set up at a roadie, and vice versa? the only frames i've really checked out in the past have been On-One's Il Pompino and a custom Vanilla. i'm unfamiliar with touring bike geometry as compared to a road bike...any info you can throw at me would be helpful...
Questions ?Scot_Gore
Oct 5, 2003 2:10 PM
Can you give us some of your logistical details.
Will you be carrying all your gear on the bike ?
Will you be camping most nights ?
Do you have SAG support ?
What's your route in general ? Is it up the divide or just (just Hah :) ) across it.
Panniers or trailer ?
Bad weather, your group will keep going or you will lay up and wait it out ?

You do understand that the Trek 520 is a road bike, it's just not a Road (race) bike, it's a Road (tour) bike.

Other helpful info beyond the trip info would be your budget, the kinds of riding you expect to do beyond this tour, and any other preferences you might bring to the selection process like a desired frame material.

Let us know

Questions ?lyleseven
Oct 5, 2003 4:06 PM
The Trek 520 is a good touring bike. Put a little extra money in the wheels and you will be happy, with or without packs. I think it is the Mavic 520 wheel that carries a heavier load and a slightly wider tire without sacrificing much at all in speed. Used them to tour this summer and loved em.
One more question - any gravel roads? It is Alaska! (nm)Kerry Irons
Oct 5, 2003 5:10 PM
logistical details...dustin73
Oct 5, 2003 8:35 PM
the only thing i'll be carrying is my Camelbak. we'll have 2 support vans...maybe 3, i can't remember exactly. we plan to ride in a group.

some nights we'll be camping, some nights we'll be in a shelter.

route in general is still to be determined. i'm praying it's gonna be as flat as possible 'cause i really, really don't want to ride through the Rockies, and i don't think many people could do it. going through the SW and up the coast line was mentioned, but i think that could possibly be a mistake in the middle of summer.

no panniers or trailer

bad weather, i'd have to assume we'd take a brake, but i can't be certain.

to be honest, i'm just not a real big fan of Trek unless it's their OCLV frames. even then, i think there are other alternatives. and if i get a bike, i don't want to put the money into the 520 and end up selling it. i don't like selling bikes, and i like getting what i want (i know, snobby, but hey it's an investment).

budget...i'm gonna say about $2K. riding afterwards would be just general road riding/mtb training. i'm not into racing. i'd looove to get a steel frame. i'm a sucker for steel. lugs are god's gift to me.
oh yeah...dustin73
Oct 5, 2003 8:40 PM
one frame i was going to really consider was On-One's Ti CX bike. i know it's not steel, but i'm a really big fan of Brant and On-One. and i love my Inbred.
Oct 6, 2003 4:06 AM
Based on what you describe, you could ride almost any bike on this trip. So if you want a road race bike get one. There's a few things to bear in mind.
1) You'll want fenders on more than a few days.
2) As Kerry said, you will hit dirt somewhere and may find yourself wishing you were rolling some 28's or 32's.
3) Tours are hard on bikes. There will be times and conditions when you may be wishing for the Trek because you're less concerned about it. The conditions will "wreck" your pride and joy. It's going to get few dings and be dirty allot.
4) As Lyle said, repeative long days in the saddle can be hard on your arse. Consider touring geometry.
5) Depending on how handy the SAG drivers going to make him/herself, you may need a bag of some kind. If your rain gear can't be called in on short notice, you'll need to carry it. Same with lights, extra water, tools, etc. Lots of bag options on any kind of bike, but bear the requriement in mind.

Hope that helps

Trek is doing you a favor... take them up on it...russw19
Oct 5, 2003 5:32 PM
You can always sell the bike later if you don't like the ride of a touring bike, but for what you are going to be doing, it's a good bike. It has a longer wheelbase than a racing bike, and wider rims and tires for a more comfy ride. There is a reason that Trek designs it, and also a reason that people riding the type of ride you are going on use touring bikes. And for what you will be paying to get a full custom Vanilla frame (a fantastic bike, don't get me wrong) you can get the whole Trek 520, plus upgrade it.

If you are new to touring, and don't have a lot of experience with this type of ride, you should really get a touring bike. I would also suggest that if this is not a fully supported ride and you are carrying your own gear, look into pulling a trailer instead of panniers as pulling a trailer doesn't load the bike the same way and makes it easy to handle on descents.

Best of luck and start riding and put the base miles in as soon as you can.

custom for $2000lyleseven
Oct 5, 2003 9:10 PM
I recently had a custom steel touring bike built and well equipped for about $2,000 (Mikkelsen). Have used it extensively and it is comfortable and perfectly set up for touring. If you are going to be in the saddle 75 miles a day, you may want to consider it or the Trek. The touring geometry will be appreciated on these long days.