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BobScarle

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Club Tour unloaded
« on: September 15, 2018, 10:24:43 PM »
I am hoping to get to France next year to ride PBP. I would like to ride there and back carrying my camping gear. I recon it would weigh something like 12 - 15 Kg. One option that I am looking at is buying a touring bike frameset and building a new bike around it. I do like the look of the Club Tour and would like to ask owners of this if they have any thoughts on the way it rides when unloaded.

Any opinions?
 

jags

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Re: Club Tour unloaded
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2018, 11:13:42 PM »
audax bike would be better, light fast good climber and can take panniers .
club tour is a touring bike.

anto.

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Re: Club Tour unloaded
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2018, 08:27:47 AM »
I have no experience of riding a Club Tour but I agree with Anto that an Audax bike with a rear rack would certainly carry your camping gear and would make unloaded rides a lot more fun.

I do remember a forum member having a Club Tour and racking up huge daily milages on it so it can be done. I suppose it would be best to get a bike that will suit your needs after your PBP ride as both bikes are more than adequate for the job. If you can get to Bridgewater and have a test ride of both that would be the best option I think, good luck.

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Neil

martinf

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Re: Club Tour unloaded
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2018, 08:37:24 AM »
For once I agree with Jags. PBP is one of the hardest Audax events, so I reckon an Audax bike optimised for a good compromise between comfort and speed (high quality 28 mm tyres) would be best. The Thorn Audax will take a rear rack and panniers, but isn't designed for huge loads.

I don't do organised Audax events, but if I wanted to do PBP I would use either my old 700C lightweight derailleur bike or my (now run-in) Raven Sport Tour with Rohloff. I'd use a saddlebag and water bottles for the event itself. and add a rear rack and panniers to hold the camping gear for the ride there and back. And cut down said camping gear to a minimum to reduce any possible handling problems caused by carrying too much weight on the rear.

That said, PBP would certainly be possible on a Club Tour, people have even done it on Brompton folding bikes.

B cereus

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Re: Club Tour unloaded
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2018, 10:14:59 AM »
I've got a Club Tour MK IV which I built up as a light tourer come fast day ride type of bike. Its a very versatile frame  with various fork options. Mine has the 853 fork and to further increase the versatility I run it with different wheel and tyre options. In my opinion tyre choice makes a bigger contribution to comfort than frame choice.

It's great for credit card touring and I even occasionally carry minimal camping equipment. I would say a 12-15kg load, split between rear rack and front bar bag, is well within it's capabilities. On day rides, with the right tyre choice, it easily handles unsurfaced tracks, and on road I'm happy to spend 8-10 hrs in the saddle without any discomfort.

The 853 fork is likely to be the best option for your purpose unless you especially want to have front panniers or a front disc brake. To be honest I'm not sure that the cost of the 853 fork can be justified. One option would be to get a frame builder to make you a decent pair  631 forks. I'm pretty sure you would have change left from your 270.

leftpoole

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Re: Club Tour unloaded
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2018, 02:13:45 PM »
I am hoping to get to France next year to ride PBP. I would like to ride there and back carrying my camping gear. I recon it would weigh something like 12 - 15 Kg. One option that I am looking at is buying a touring bike frameset and building a new bike around it. I do like the look of the Club Tour and would like to ask owners of this if they have any thoughts on the way it rides when unloaded.

Any opinions?
Hello,
When I only (?) had one bike, it was a Club Tour. I still have it. I used to ride it reularly and onlu used it for camping a few times annually.
I was and still am more than happy with the ride either loaded or unloaded. It makes a nice distance day bike.
John

John Saxby

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Re: Club Tour unloaded
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2018, 08:18:54 PM »
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PBP is one of the hardest Audax events, so I reckon an Audax bike optimised for a good compromise between comfort and speed (high quality 28 mm tyres) would be best. The Thorn Audax will take a rear rack and panniers, but isn't designed for huge loads.

Bob,  Following up on the comments by jags and Martin's about the Audax, there's a forum member in Australia, "Vintage Tourer" (a.k.a. Graham Smith), and he's found his Audax Mk 3 to be a brilliant bike, capable of Audax-style events and also light touring.  I'd suggest you send him a PM and ask him for his thoughts.

Cheers,  John