Originally Posted by brianwheelies
Glad I found this thread!
Started cycling a couple of months back on a Trek Hard Tail 4300.
Got the road bug because I like speed and distance so I found a brand new Gios Drop which turned out to be a cyclocross bike(I had no clue).
Usually put 70 to 100 plus miles per week with one longer ride of 40 to 80 miles per week. Working on getting to the century and possibly doing some touring.
So far it has received a rack, speedplay frog peddles(my knees have been saved!), shorter stem to reduce reach, and tomorrow will get a nashbar full carbon fork with FSA Gossamer brake. Also have saddle bags and lights.
Need to learn the art of hydration and nutrition here in the desert as well as get a seat that will coddle past 30 miles.
When I ride I always breathe through my mouth and it is always parched.
Any suggestions on a seat? I think I have narrow sit bones.
Also, touring groupset? It has Sora running gear with Sugino triple crank. I want less moving parts and tiagra or 105 dual chain ring, and assorted running gear.
Did I hear someone say touring
Saddle first. Brooks. I'm about as sit bone skinny as they come and the B17 works great.
Groupset: I'm running a 105 front , XT rear and Ultegra shifters. Flawless for me. You really want to ride with some weight before you settle on a double in front. Long climbs with 50-60 lbs of gear can wear you down. My 24T small ring is completely worthless running around town on the plains of Oklahoma. It was priceless climbing over the Green Mountains of Vermont and Bighorns in Wyoming. Bikeforums.net has a nice touring sub forum. And of course, there's Crazy Guy on a Bike for inspiration.