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Converting an MTB to a tourer

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by Cycling Naturalist, 15 Oct 2007.

  1. Cycling Naturalist

    Cycling Naturalist Legendary Member

    Location:
    Llangollen
    How practical is this? I've got a Giant Terrago MTB with slicks. Is it easy to fit a pannier rack and large enough panniers for touring? I'm pretty sure that it can be done, but is the result satisfactory? The bike is pretty quick on the road, has nicely spaced gears and the frame is very strong.
     
  2. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Absolutely no reason why not, has it got braze ons for mudguards, rack etc.? I take it it is not a Halfords £99 full-susser?
     
  3. John Ponting

    John Ponting Über Member

    Location:
    Herts
    Those who buy C+ magazine had an illustrated article about that a couple of issues ago.


    :biggrin:
     
  4. betty swollocks

    betty swollocks large member

    You should also take into account whether, with panniers on the back, you'll have sufficient heel clearance.
     
  5. campagman

    campagman Über Member

    Location:
    at home
    I tour on an old Raleigh MTB and have no probs. The only braze ons that it does not have are for a front low rider pannier but that has not been a problem yet for me. The frame is made from plain gauge 531 tubing which is good but not partiularly light. The weight has not been a problem although I knew it was not light. It is lighter than the Dawes Sardar that is tested in C+ this months, though!
     
  6. OP
    OP
    Cycling Naturalist

    Cycling Naturalist Legendary Member

    Location:
    Llangollen
    Blimey - I have it on subscription and missed this. :biggrin:
     
  7. Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

    To all the questions, yes.

    I don't understand why people think that cycle touring, unless it is in the jungle, is like a long walk to school in the 19th century with no shoes

    You don't see stuff like this in the 'Hot rodding my Vauxhall Nova' threads,

    i.e. Will my hotrodded Vauxhall Nova allow me to, er, go around in it
     
  8. Yes as long as there are lugs for pannier racks it will work fine.
    Also if you're going to be using it for touring ditch the crap heavy suspension forks and get a rigid set instead.
     
  9. John Ponting

    John Ponting Über Member

    Location:
    Herts
    I don't really keep back copies so can't check - guess it could have been a totally different magazine!
     
  10. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    I don't remember the article but after a few years of subscription sometimes it's easy to gloss over some articles. I'm sure I've read everything before now!
     
  11. John Ponting

    John Ponting Über Member

    Location:
    Herts
    I'm sure there is a site (often linked to from here) about a couple who bought food stamp bikes, converted them to tourers and have ridden many thousands of miles since.
     
  12. alfablue

    alfablue New Member

    I use my Rock Lobster Ti for touring and commuting. I fit Schwalbe Marathon 25x1.5 for touring, and Specialized All Conditions Pro 26x1 for commuting. It had no rack mounts so I fitted a Tubus Q/R adapter to provide the bottom mount (it also increases heel clearance)

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    and for the upper mount a Tubus seat stay clip

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    (they are a cut above standard p-clips, and are very secure)

    and for a rack I fitted a Tubus Cosmo

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    which also increases heel clearance because of the lower, more rearward rail.

    I added two extra p-clips (regular cheap ones) for the rear seat stay mudguard mount)

    I swapped the Rock Shox SID SL forks for Kona P2 triple butted rigid forks, these have mudguard eyes.

    The result is very successful, very stable and comfy. I may get a low-rider rack and bags for future tours.
     
  13. John Ponting

    John Ponting Über Member

    Location:
    Herts


    No wonder we can't remember the article - it was over 2 months ago!! Most of us have slept since then.

    C+ 199 August 2007 pp 98-104.