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1983 model Specialized Expedition Touring Bike -
After hearing numerous testimonials from owners of these vintage
tourers I bought this one about 2 years ago and it was in fairly
rough shape sporting mt bike bars. The original gray paint was chipped
& scratched very badly but otherwise it was sound.
riding it like it was for about a year and a half I decided to give
it a makeover with modern components.
asked my local frame builder to check it over and do the following
-Spread rear drops to 135mm
-Checked frame for alignment
-Brazed on 2 down tube shifter cable stops (with small hearts in
center which matches small hearts on inside of fork crown)
-Remove top tube cable guides from top of top tube
-Brazed on 2 new top tube brake cable guides on side of top tube
-Brazed on Chain holder
-Brazed on Pump Peg on head tube
I decided to go with nickel plating rather than paint. So far I
have not purchase decals although I am debating with myself to add
some in a burnt orange to match the Chris King headset.
already had most of my parts for a Shimano XT 9 speed drive train
from a previous touring bike I decided was too small and consequently
sold the frame keeping the parts for this vintage Expedition.
July of 2008 I was able to take this 25 year old bike out on a trip
for which it was designed and built to excel. For three weeks I
cycled from Sacramento, across the Sierras, across Nevada on Hwy
50 and about 80 miles into Utah loaded up with about 65 pounds of
cannot imagine a brand spanking new touring bike doing any better.
It has such a pleasant and stable ride.
think the 107 cm wheelbase & 45 cm chainstays along with the fatter
tires help immensely in that regard.
my trip, the stainless Giles Berthoud fenders were added and I also
changed out the cockpit area and cables switching over to Jagwire
cables that matched up with my color scheme.
tires are also a recent change for that tour. They are the excellent
700c x 35 Schwalbe Marathon Supremes. (No flats for about 900 miles
on them so far)
added was an Origin8 stem and Soma Stem Adapter / Column. Those
are 46cm wide Nitto Noodle Bars.
new pictures are from a recent 40 mile ride to a wonderful Dallas,
TX landmark, White Rock Lake.