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Difference between Touring bike and a roadie? (nm)(5 posts)

Difference between Touring bike and a roadie? (nm)Jervis
May 15, 2003 11:38 AM
re: Difference between Touring bike and a roadie? (nm)Steve Bailey
May 15, 2003 12:24 PM
Hope the google link works, if not - Google - Groups - rec.bicycles.misc - May 13 - Touring VS. Traditional

It's pretty much covered all here

Steve B.

http://groups.google.com/groups?dq=&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&threadm=CVgwa.69316%24ey1.6280063%40newsread1.prod.itd.earthlink.net&prev=/groups%3Fdq%3D%26num%3D25%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26ie%3DUTF-8%26group%3Drec.bicycles.misc%26start%3D25
re: Difference between Touring bike and a roadie? (nm)Jervis
May 15, 2003 12:43 PM
Thanks much. So touring is pretty much for long distances like centuries and commuting while most other road/racing bikes are designed for speed, maneuverability, and use in races? I think I have it.

Jervis
re: Difference between Touring bike and a roadie? (nm)Steve Bailey
May 15, 2003 5:54 PM
>Thanks much. So touring is pretty much for long distances like centuries and commuting while most other road/racing bikes are designed for speed, maneuverability, and use in races? I think I have it.

Well, sort of.

A tourer is like a minivan - able to carry loads, yet you "could" race it (I'm sure someone does) by putting on special wwheelsand making it lighter, etc.. Same with a tourer. They are "designed" for load carrying (self-supported, multiday rides) but you can strip it down, put lighter wheels and tires, removing racks, reflectors, etc... and get it up to almost road racer speed.

A road racer may, or may not go fast, depending on the engine, but is "designed" to go fast. It's lighter and is mostly inappropriate at load carrying. They are usually good at centuries also, providing the road service is decent, as they generally are derived from bikes the pro's ride, which are often used on multi-day hammerfests (Tour de France, etc... )

SB
Not much, in realityctheronj
May 15, 2003 9:45 PM
I've got a racing bike, and ironically I've never raced but I love bike touring. (The longest being 2200mi in 21 days, fully loaded). It did really well with the help of a BOB trailer, although we avoided gravel roads like the plague.

A touring bike is built beefier, so you can take it on such roads (or even off-road) and not feel too timid. The other big difference is the tourer has lots of brackets for front and rear pannier racks (I got around this with the BOB). The tourer should also have a more upright, "relaxed" geometry where the road bike is built to put you in an aerodynamic position, and to give you "nimble" steering. More important than hypothetical handling and fit is how the bike fits you, though, and believe it or not this is more important than the weight, the name brand, even the price.