Bikes For Touring. For some people, touring is addictive. Cycling over long distances and many days of walking are endless with enthusiasm and motivation. Quite often surprise a lot of people. Why do you find it difficult to get to a place if there are many alternative modes of transportation in the modern era? Travelling by touring bike provides its own pleasure.
In Europe or the United States. The American cycling community already has the legendary cycling route, Trans AM, which stretches from the eastern end to the western end of the American country. So it is with Europe that has classic tourist routes.
Once in the touring bikes, special bikes were created for long distances. The geometry of the bicycle and its accessories are available for the needs of cyclists over long distances for several days. Well, in Indonesia, such special bikes are still rare. As a result, tourism enthusiasts have also been creative in assembling their own bikes especially for touring.
Some people who go on tour end up using bikes on the market. Some even use the bike with speed. Most use mountain bikes (Mountain bikes) because of their flexibility. Wanting on the right track can still be on the right track even if it takes extra energy to pedal it. Of course the damaged road is fine.
Alongside the rise of touring bikes or long-distance bikes, folding bikes and even fixies are used for touring. Of course, in terms of function, it is clearly wrong and self-torturing. The touring bike is indeed specialized for long distance travel, so the design has taken into account the comfort factor. Also ready to carry personal belongings.
What are the pros and cons of non-travelling touring bikes? With minimal experience, plus additional Internet material, this article attempts to describe several alternatives that can be used for touring.
MTB or Mountain bike
This bike is similar to SUVs in the automotive world. It’s hard to get through loops or potholes here and there. Although some say it is not appropriate to be used as a cycling bike, it should not be forgotten that the essence of tourism is fun, sport and experience. The ride is nothing special.
However, the pleasure can be tainted by the inconveniences of a ride. As a result, additions or modifications can be made to give the impression of travelling by mountain bike.
MTB Touring Rack.
Almost all the MTB is not equipped with a rack. The character of a mountain bike is minimalist to obtain a minimum weight so that the efficiency of pedaling is achieved. As a result, the support is not installed. If this mountain bike wants to be used for hiking, the need for an absolute shelf. Some users use backpacks, but this is not recommended. This is not very good for your back, because in the long run, your back will be tired and vulnerable to injury. If your back has been injured, the tour may be cancelled.
The load at the back also makes pedaling movements annoying, especially for maneuvers. For balance, it is best to install the front and rear shelves. However, if funds are limited, it may be possible to install the old rear rack.
Don’t forget to buy bags to carry items on your tours. Install the bags on the left and right sides and waterproof pockets on them. When choosing a rack, determine whether or not you use the type of disc brakes, as the front rack is rarely used in Indonesia and therefore needs to be modified. If you still need compartments, consider the satchels mounted on the handlebars. It is simply that the load capacity is limited and cannot bear too heavy a burden.
Guidon / Mountain Bike Touring Handlebars
The big difference between mountain bikes and hiking bikes is your position. Mountain bikes are designed for more standing positions while cycling is a marriage between mountain biking and road biking. The right mountain bike handlebars don’t really offer an alternative position when riding: when riding for hours, a monotonous position can cause back and knee fatigue. If you have back problems, it is essential to change the handlebars of your mountain bike. If there is no money to replace the handlebars, try installing the handlebar (end bar) so that there are variations holding the handlebars.
There are three different types of handlebars for this hike: drop-down (race model guide), bull horn (fixed handle) or butterfly. Each person has their own preferences. Some people like to go down because they want to feel the feeling of running when the road is smooth and quiet. There is a butterfly model as it gives many places to place the gadget or guidance equipment. Those who love minimalism can choose handlebar horns.
Touring MTB Tires
Most mountain bikes use hoe tires or rough profiles to gain traction when driving on uneven roads. Well, more tourists on highways actually need smooth or smooth rail tires with less friction. Automatic pedalling becomes light and saves energy, but the highway in Indonesia is not always smooth. The use of bald tires with small treads can sometimes cause problems. When stuck in a hole that is a little in the tire can leak. Then use bald tires with a wide tread.
Rearview Mountain Bike Touring
The price is cheap but very useful. Some even say it’s more important than a helmet. Trivial, but can not be underestimated its function. Very useful to go right or to pass a means of urban transport that stops at will. In Indonesia, there are not many mirrors for this model, although some have already sold them: types of mirrors: for horn handlebars (left), right handlebars (center) and running handlebars (right).
The advantages of the handlebars are sturdy, have a wide field of view and are easy to adjust. But once parked or touched, the rearview mirror can change position. You should also check after a few months of use to keep the hook strong. In some cases, the width of the bike increases.
In addition to the handlebar mirror, there is another type of rearview mirror mounted on a helmet or goggles. Of course, the mirror is not large but it helps enough to see the object behind. This mirror has rather complicated weaknesses in terms of field of view and installation. Because it is attached to glasses or helmets, you must wear glasses or helmets if you want to use mirrors.
MTB Touring Equipment
The use of gears depends a lot on the terrain you cross. Mountain bikes are designed to conquer extreme and uneven terrain. Therefore used a pair of material that is small in front and large behind. This combination produces light pedalling to overcome difficult terrain.
Unlike the tour which is mainly on the road. Even if the offroad is more towards the damaged road. Therefore, to be energy efficient, it is best to change the gear combination. The most common people use a combination of 48-36-24 or 46-34-22 bands with bands 12 – 32 or 11 – 30. There are now even larger bands, 34, for steep terrain.
Saddle Mountain Touring
Saddles are very important in touring bikes, because that’s where the weight rests. Even if all combinations are suitable, even if the saddle is not correct, the paddle will not be optimal. For this, we need the right saddle to travel How to find the right saddle? Essentially, the saddle must be able to support the buttocks to the maximum so that the buttocks do not hurt. Some bike shops have tools to measure the size of the saddle you need. If you have excess funds, you can try the saddle of the Brooks brand, known for its comfort and strength. This saddle will print your buttocks to fit. Indeed, reaching the right stage in the buttocks requires a long distance.
Mountain Bike Defenses Touring / Fenders
On tour, it is not uncommon for rain to block the trip. If there is no tight schedule, you can take cover. But if the plan is well organized and misses a little, it can spoil things, like it or not, the rain must be “landed”. Well, one of the weapons to fight the rain is this defense or defense. This tool is used to protect the bicycle’s rod and FD components from the rain splashes that carry mud. Also the eyes of the rain splashes that ejected when the wheels turn.
However, even if it stops when it rains, you still need a fender because after the rain, the road is always muddy and puddles can be encountered. This is even more annoying because the splashes will settle because they are not chased by rainwater from above. So it is always necessary to cross the rain or not.
The problem is that most mountain bikes are not designed to have tusks. Fork for example, there is no bolt hole to install the wing support. As a result, a minimalist defence appears on the market based on only one point. The front part is attached to the fork (and not all forks necessarily have holes for this fender bolt, so if it is not forced to install only mud protection in the frame). While the back is connected to the saddle rod (saddle rod). Just to avoid splashing water on the eyes and back.
Mountain Bike Touring rim / rim
Not an important issue but could cause problems. The rim is related to the load we carry. The 36-piece rims with holes are better linked to load resistance.
MTB Touring Lights
Sometimes the established program is omitted from the field. This may be due to problems or concern to enjoy the view. The afternoon was approaching and the accommodation was still far away. Stopping is impossible because it is far from the rules. As a result, you have to endure pedaling in the dark.
This is the importance of lights. In the dark, a lamp is so significant. As much as possible, install the lights in the front and back. For the front of at least two lights: one lights up continuously to see the road and the other flickers to attract the attention of the vehicle from the front. Pairs of taillights flash to draw the vehicle’s attention from the rear.
Road Bike or Bike Race
Bike races for tourism can be done even if a lot of things need to be changed. A typical road bike is definitely for speed. Seats or frames that tighten the short rear tire make it difficult to stability and mount the bags. The short distance from the seat also makes it difficult to use wider tread tires. In fact, touring with heavy loads and small tires is more vulnerable to problems such as leaking tires. Because braking is also less biting.
Another drawback of racing bikes is that many are not equipped with fastening holes (carnations) for mounting wings or luggage rack baskets. Although these two tools are very important in touring. Double-crank and compact cranks are not suitable for tours with varying terrain. So, to get the comfort of the tour, several aspects need to be solved.
Crank Bike Touring
Nowadays most bike road wear double crank. If accustomed does not matter. But because of the variety of touring roads more, namely for ramps, slopes and turns. Well, the limited crank makes the effort to conquer the climb too limited. Need excess power to pedal with a large crank. Because, the larger the diameter of the crankmore weight.
In addition, the diameter of a road bike crank is usually important because of its speed. Well, for tours, sometimes torture because the tours do not pursue speed, but towards comfort. Such as seeing the landscape in the hills and wanting to capture it in the photo, we are forced to stop even when we are uphill. Well, if there is no alternative to the light pedal (a combination of small crank and cassetebesar), then it takes more energy to defeat the climb: the solution is to replace the triple or double crank, but the combination is very Remote. You can also replace it with an MTB crank with a smaller combination of numbers.
Fender/spakbor Bike Touring
Most racing bikes do not currently have fastening holes for wing or wing assembly. Although trivial, but the new fender function is felt when it rains. Even if you take shelter when it rains, it is impossible to continue the journey while waiting for the dry road. Once the rain is over, the journey continues. Even if the road is still wet. The remaining water mixed with the road floor makes the components of the bicycle, especially the front derail (FD), less than optimal. The solution uses mud protectors built into the descent tube (lower frame). At least it prevents mud splashing when it hits a puddle or muddy pavement after the rain.
As for the rear wings, you can use wings attached to the trunk of the saddle rod. The disadvantage can be changed so that it is no longer aligned with the rear wheels. As a result, after a long period 2 notes – please check the right of the wing. Or also check the clamps that hold the saddle rod. Is he already strong or cowardly?
Touring Bicycle Pannier Rack
The average race bike is not equipped with a hole to install a luggage rack. Unlike the old racing bikes that have prepared holes for the assembly of luggage racks and wings. Well, if there are no bolt holes, then you have to complete a racing bike with a two-way luggage rack.
Start by installing the rack linked to the saddle rod. Of course, it has weaknesses in terms of robustness. Also prone to tremble. Load capacity is also limited. Also difficult when changing the height of the saddle.
Another alternative is to use a universal rack. It’s just that in Indonesia it is rarely sold because the tourism culture has not been widespread. Universal Plateau (workbicycle.com)
Another change that needs to be made for the convenience of the tour is the cassette. Race bikes are usually in meeting equipment. For tours that the ground is not all flat, the combination is rather annoying. Especially carrying goods. It must therefore be replaced by a triple-cranked model (48-38-26) and a cassette using a combination of mountain bikes (11-32), better able to cross the roads uphill.
Folding bike Bike Touring
Some people use folding bikes for touring. It’s just to load a heavy burden, especially for long distances and transport of camping gear, this bike is not qualified.
There are several things to consider about folding bikes for touring.
In general, folding bikes have only one tray. The double or triple tray is only available on high-end folding bikes. It can be modified, but because the base is not prepared to double or triple, the installation is sometimes less accurate because the DR holder is not permanent.
The racks for saddlebags are sometimes too small, so that if they are not modified, it will hinder the pedaling. Overcome it, replace the flexible rack.
Foldable bicycle tires generally have narrow feet, as they are more likely to be used on smooth roads. Of course, not all roads are smooth, so they are vulnerable to leaks.