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Short touring on a Specialized Dolce Triple?

eveisdawning2011-07-21 18:17:57 +0000 #1
Hey guys,

I'm a total newbie here. Hello! I'm very new to road biking (I just got my road bike in November, and as I live up north in the snowy regions, haven't had a ton of opportunities to ride). I'm even newer to touring, as I have never done any.

I ride a Specialized Dolce Triple, and I would really like to do some LIGHT touring this summer. Nothing crazy, just shorter trips at first, preferably stopping at a campground, although that depends on some of the answers that you guys give here. First of all, is my bike even appropriate for this kind of touring? I know it's definitely not okay for long tours, as it's an aluminum/carbon frame, but I wondered if it might work for shorter (60 mi.) trips. Do you think it would stand being loaded up with a rack and some gear?

I would love to get a dedicated touring bike, but from what I've seen, they're really expensive, and as a graduate student, I can't really swing that right now. If my bike seems like a bad idea for tours, what would you guys recommend? Are there any budget-friendly touring bikes out there?

Thanks!!!


csr12102011-07-21 18:20:29 +0000 #2
No advice to offer, but I'm in the same boat. I have a Specialized Dolce and husband has a comparable bike. We are interested in trying out touring (more like credit card touring), but don't want to spend money on buying touring bikes unless we decide we like it / want to do more.

We also realize that our bikes are not designed for touring, but can we at least "get by" with some minor accommodations?

1. Could I use a trailer? From what I've been reading, this would be doable.

2. Racks? I don't want to put much on it, but I've read that clamps are a definite no on carbon seat stays. I've seen some alternatives like old man mountain, etc that attach to brake bosses (?), but is that also too much stress on the frame?

Are there any of you who tour (or started touring) on road bikes? How did you deal with these issues?

Thanks - really looking forward to any responses to this thread!

-Christy
eveisdawning2011-07-21 19:06:48 +0000 #3
Hey Christy,

I asked this question on another forum, and got a few good responses, if you're interested, you can check it out here: www.reddit.com/r/bic...oad_bike_what_to_do/

Hope that helps.
csr12102011-07-21 19:29:12 +0000 #4
Thanks for the info! You're lucky you have the mounts for a rack -- unfortunately for me, mine is an earlier year model with the carbon seat stays and no rack eyelets - rats!

Good luck on your touring -- be sure and let us know how it goes.
surlypacer2011-07-21 19:41:43 +0000 #5
I went and looked at the reddit link you posted. Folks had a lot of good info there for you. I was going to suggest the bikesdirect touring bikes but they may not be small enough for you (I'm 5'2", so I keep an eye out for small frames).

Depending on how light you are going your bike would probably do just fine for short tours. I load my LHT with 30-35lbs, and for me that's plenty.

I would consider light to be half that, at most. Then you'd have to invest in lightweight gear if you are camping....
eveisdawning2011-07-21 19:43:00 +0000 #6
Thanks surlypacer! I am perfectly fine with investing in some lightweight gear, and I have some available already. No matter which way I go, it will involve dropping some cash to get started on this, so I've already accepted that! I was just hoping to get away with not purchasing a $1000+ touring bike for a bit longer, and it seems like that’s definitely possible for the very light touring that I’m talking about.

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