How well do Specialized Tricross bicycles compare to Touring bikes? The goal is trans-continental tour. Bikes I'm looking at are the Trek 520, Surly Long Haul Trucker, and comparable in price Specialized...
A comment regarding the Specialized. Wheel base is a little short. May or may not have heel clearance for your rear panniers. Gearing is not quite low enough for my taste. I would exchange the 12-27 cassette for at least an 11-32. You will be hauling at least 45 to 50 pounds of racks, panniers, and gear. Plus 28-30 pounds for the bike and your 170 pounds. Grand total of upwards of 250 pounds. Plus water. All being propelled by your legs, lungs, and heart.
As far as training, hit the weights. Can't emphasis enough the importance of strength when you are riding day after day. If you are carrying any extra weight, do your best to be as lean as possible. Any and all extra weight will conspire to sap strength from you and contribute to fatigue.
I rode from Seattle to San Francisco. 3 weeks covering 1000 miles supported. Bike was about 7 pounds too heavy and I was about 25 pounds too heavy despite losing weight prior to my trip. I was very fatigued by the end of the trip. Your trip will be twice as long carrying more gear. Are you using an Adventure Cycle mapped route?
Also something to consider. Use a lighter weight bicycle and carry your gear in a B.O.B. trailer. Trailer carries the bulk of the weight, so you can use a lighter bicycle. No need for a heavy front tire and rim.
Dec 21, 2010 |