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Road bikes and light touring

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by Milo, 19 Apr 2008.

  1. Milo

    Milo Veteran

    Location:
    Melksham, Wilts
    Hello all I have a Dawes Giro 300 road bike with an ali frame
    I have recently got hold of a seat post rack which is able to hold 10 kilos of weight.
    I plan to be taking a tent sleeping bag, camping mat and cloths and basic bike stuff probably about 8 kilos of weight.
    Now would it be ok for the bike if i were to do this? I know its not a touring bike but due to money is the only viable option.
     
  2. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    I can't see a problem. Get yourself a bar bag so you can spread the weight a bit, which will aid the handling.
     
  3. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    Agreed.
    Handling may be a bit twitchy however as many road bikes are not designed to have weight swinging off them other than the human operator!
     
  4. Crackle

    Crackle Pah Staff Member

    Location:
    Wirral
    Agree with Joe, it might go a bit front light and twitchy and won't feel as lively but once used to it, you should be fine and some load on the front will help.
     
  5. Milo

    Milo Veteran

    Location:
    Melksham, Wilts
    Ok good stuff thanks.