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Commuter/Touring Frame(3 posts)

Commuter/Touring FrameB2
Jun 12, 2003 12:04 PM
I'm thinking about getting a new frame for commuting and perhaps a bit of touring. Clearance for larger tires and fenders is a must and I like the classic looks of the steel lugged frames.

I see Mercian will build a custom touring frame and fork for $750. Can anyone offer any input regarding their experience with Mercian and their products? Any other frame recommendations?

re: Merciancyclopathic
Jun 12, 2003 2:38 PM
the friend of mine has one for a couple years. He had done multiple brevets on it, it is heavy (4.5lbs+) but has old skool quality; comparable to Rivendell. I wanted to get it then decided that I don't need one more bike: 6 is enough.

BUT I am not sure I'd wanna put 750$ frame into commuter. Here's an alternative: 50$ steel MTB frame from Nashbar

Not too heavy (under 5lbs), strong, enough clearance for 2.4" tires, 17" chainstays, braze ons for rack and fenders. The friend of mine built one into tourier and he loves it, he sold his Atlantis. He used 26" wheels, so he can also do dirt road/gravel trails tours on it; Atlantis did not cut it for South America and South East Asia.

I have built one as mtb beater and it end up dubbing as commuter. DC roads are bad I'm tired to fix flats.
re: Commuter/Touring FrameSteve Bailey
Jun 13, 2003 3:40 AM