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.
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 ?
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
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.