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  • Convert a Colnago Road Bike to Touring bike

     Steve Kish updated 11 years, 9 months ago 4 Members · 7 Posts
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  • arran25

    5 July 2009 at 11:00 am

    Hey, i am planning a trip cycling across Scotland for a about 3 weeks. I currently have a Colnago Master racing bike i was just wanting to know if i would be able to convert the bicycle into a touring bike such as putting Panniers on. Would there also be any problems useing a racing bike? Or is it best to buy a touring bike?

    I am not too sure what gears to use as well. It would be great if you could give me some tips on what to use.

    Thanks you

  • Gunner

    5 July 2009 at 12:22 pm

    I can’t see any problems using your Colnago.

    Fitting panniers should be relatively easy provided it has mounting points/bolt holes, if not you can always buy “P” clips which substitute for this by clamping around the frame and providing such a point.

    I’d also think about mudgaurds if your touring Scotland for 3 weeks.

    Do you have panniers already or are you looking at purchasing ?

  • arran25

    6 July 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Hey, yeah looking to buy some panniers really. What would you recommend?

  • Gunner

    7 July 2009 at 12:09 pm
  • arran25

    19 July 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Hey thanks, i can’t believe how cheap they are. I was looking at ones for £25 on evans cycles. These will do Great thanks for your help again.

  • Agman

    23 July 2009 at 1:17 am

    I’m a keen long distance cycle tourer and nowadays, I have the Ortlieb panniers bags. Not cheap, but excellent. 100% waterproof. A lot of the round the worlders have them. I will have my Ortlieb back-packer classic oin dc2c

  • Steve Kish

    23 July 2009 at 6:34 am

    It would be a bit of a compromise, as the angles may be a bit harsher on the Nago but if you can live with it ……

    Assuming you still use a double clanger instead of a triple, I’d get a small inner ring (38T on a 5-bolt 130 PCB is the smallest, IIRC) and a big rear sprocket, certainly at least a 28T, a 30 or 32T if your (presunably short-arm) rear mech will take it.

    You’ll need a low ‘un to lug the panniers up the hills.

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