cycling trips - converting trail bike for road use

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  1. Chenks

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    planning some cycling trips this year, but first need to do some remedial/planing work.

    don't want to buy a new bike, so need to modify (temporarily) my existing mountain/trail bike for road use.

    obvious thing is a change of tires is needed, but my rims are quite wide, so a complete change of wheels maybe?
    I have hydraulic disc brakes front and rear, so not sure if that makes any difference or not.

    maybe a slightly comfier saddle? current one is quite thin and hard.

    fitting rear panniers shouldn't be a problem

    front suspension might need stiffened, but it's already fairly stiff as it is.

    one other thing to consider, keeping mobile devices charged.
    i have a nexus 5 (so no removable battery) and that (along with the other persons iphone 5s) will be the only devices in use (for navigation when required, photos, etc etc). so need a way to keep the charged - any suggestions? (we're talking a couple of days max).
     
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    tumbleweed!
     
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    Cosmo_1847 Kiss of death

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    You can get something that are pretty much batteries with a USB out on them. They're designed to give your device a few charges when you're out and about. You might wanna look into them.
     
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    six5tring Silent Kristian Konsumer

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    Howdi,

    Finally a subject I know about. I went through this a few years ago before getting a road bike.

    Tyres wise... I'm a big fan of Schwalbe, both the Durano Plus (if mainly road riding) or Marathon range (if doing a bit of all sorts ie. canal tow paths, forest/gravel tracks and road). The Durano's are more slick, still plenty of grip on the road and low resistance. I did about 3000miles on my last set of Durano's before getting a puncture. For a 26" MTB they do a 26x1.35 which will be a massive difference from the probably 26x2.2ish that you'll have currently. I have tried even skinnier but never found anything an puncture resistant and fixing tubes is soo boring when you're out for a nice ride.

    Other fairly cheap weight saving is ditching the suspension forks and putting some carbon rigid forks on... I had some carbon cycles - exotic's on my MTB and made things much more efficient. I could not lock out my front suspension forks though so if you can and least the front won't suck up your energy.

    For battery I used a hyperjuice battery if a saddle bag, iphone cable running along the top tube to phone mount on the handle bars.

    Other thing to consider is some bar ends. Not many hand positions on flat MTB bars which can lead to hands getting numb. Bar ends and you a few more ways of holding on allowing for hands to get a bit more rest.

    Hope that helps!

    Ben
     
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    tyres - probably be a bit of all sorts, road, paths, gravel/stone.
    i currently have slime tubes at the moment and have had zero punctures since i put them in a couple of years ago.

    just wondering if it would be cheaper/better just to get another bike that's suitable for the job
     
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    six5tring Silent Kristian Konsumer

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    what bike are you currently riding? between MTB hardtail and road bike I didn't gain much more speed post slicker tyres. Buying a whole new bike is a bit extreme if you already have a decent bike as you'll probably still IMHO change tyres from factory.

    Ben
     
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    MTB hardtail with front fork suspension.
    just wondered that once panniers etc have been added that the total weight might be hard going. the bike itself weighs just under 15kg

    and with the wheels i have, would changing tires be do-able as they are quite wide.
    they are 26 x 2.1
     
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    six5tring Silent Kristian Konsumer

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    Tyre change is very much doable, I went from 2.3 to 1.3 no problem! It will be heavy but it's all relative... a 80kg person on a 10kg bike weighs the same as a 70kg person on a 20kg bike. Only thing to note is that depending on how heavy the total combined weight gets be careful of dropping off curbs and damaging spokes. My sis went touring on a Specialised Hardrock and did her back wheel. Was quite heavily laden though!
     
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    picked up some Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires
     
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    six5tring Silent Kristian Konsumer

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    hope they make a pleasant difference for you