Re: [CR]Touring on vintage lightweights

(Example: Framebuilders)

Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2004 23:24:31 -0400
From: "Joe Bender-Zanoni" <>
Subject: Re: [CR]Touring on vintage lightweights
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Schwinn Sport Tourers. The original off the shelf American expedition bike. Believe it or not I chose to ride one of these on a 1000 mile trip about 1995. 28 pounds of smooth riding 42" wheelbase straight guage machine. No shimmy at 60 MPH down some of the Gaspe Peninsula hills. Yes, I changed out the Turismo! I picked up the idea from friends who rode them to Alaska and back in the 70's.

Joe Bender-Zanoni
Great Notch NJ

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Sent: Tuesday, August 17, 2004 9:47 PM
Subject: re: [CR]Touring on vintage lightweights

> If you want the real vintage touring experience, don't use fancy equipment. Back in the day, most tourists couldn't afford 531 frames and TA cranks. A typical setup was a high-tensile or straight gauge chrome-moly frame, aluminum rims, Acocet seat, 27" gumwalls and Pletscher rack. Weight was carried in huge rear panniers and a big handlebar bar. (Had a horrendous shimmy going down Hwy 1 in Sonoma county and nearly went over the side. Later got one of those expensive Blackburns, and it was a tremendous improvement.) Gearing was usually something like 52/40 with a 14-34 five speed freewheel. I actually had a triple on my Univega with a low of 30"! I almost never saw anyone else with a triple. Did see humorless roadies with loaded racing bikes and corncobs.
> Bata Bikers and Skid-Lids were common. So was lots of padding on the bars: Grab-Ons or foam rubber covered with tape. One water bottle. Huret Multito counting the miles. Broken flickstand.
> Leonard Bulger
> The last night in my Ann Arbor house, bikes cocooned in pipe foam, boxes everywhere.