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Inexpensive touring bike?(8 posts)

Inexpensive touring bike?cyclopathic
Jun 12, 2001 1:09 PM
it has to be:
a) bulletproof
b) comfy
c) triple cranks
d) enough space to plant baskets

I know my rode bike ain't cut for it.. any ideas?
Trek 520 (nm)Hank
Jun 12, 2001 1:30 PM
Expensive ideaLazy
Jun 12, 2001 1:34 PM
I was riding along chatting with a fellow who was mainly a tourer (tourist?) the other day. He had a pretty sweet rig. It was a Litespeed Appalachian with a road specific suspension fork whose brand escapes me. Would probably cost quite a bit, but it was the nicest touring bike I've seen. Granted I haven't seen a whole bunch.

Touring thought/question: seems to me that a touring bike would be a really good application for one of those adjustble stems. Is this so?
Bianchi VolpeGreg Taylor
Jun 12, 2001 1:58 PM
I've got one. Can't kill it, decent touring bike. Fork and rack braze-ons, three bottle mounts. Comfy, if a bit heavy. Lose the stock tires.

Even done a 'cross race or two with it...
re: Inexpensive touring bike?Rich Clark
Jun 12, 2001 6:24 PM
Here's a list of under-$1000 touring bikes available in the US. If anyone knows of others, I'd be interested in hearing about them.

Roughly in order of increasing price; prices are estimated.

Jamis Nova $600, Steel, Sora

These two bikes are nearly identical, I believe. They are aluminum frame bikes with Sora groupsets, and somewhat "hybridized" with the addition of adjustable stems, suspension seatposts, and sloped top tubes.

Raleigh R300 $650

Diamondback Interval $650

Fuji Touring, $700, Steel, Sora/Deore

REI Novara Randonee, $750, Steel, Tiagra

Bianchi Volpe, $900, Steel, Tiagra/Deore

Trek 520, $1000, Steel, 105/Deore LX (bar end shifters)

In the next category above these are two aluminum Cannondales, the T800 ($1100) and the T2000 ($1400), and the Bruce Gordon BLT ($1500) -- and you should visit just to see what a hardcore touring bike can look like.

These are "loaded touring" bikes. There are also a lot of good bikes designed more for "credit card touring" that might also suit -- bikes like the Bianchi San Remo or the Airborne Carpe Diem.

Personally, I currently own a 2000 Novara Randonee, a fine bike except for poorly built wheels. Two months ago I ordered a Trek 520 only to learn that they are essentially sold out until the 2002 models go into production. This bike is a classic touring design.

I expect to take delivery on my Carpe Diem tomorrow. Yikes!

re: Inexpensive touring bike?DaveG
Jun 12, 2001 6:37 PM
I've been pretty happy with my REI Novara Randonee ('97). Last time I was at REI these were going for around $650 or so. I believe it meets all your criteria. If you have a bit more to spend the Trek 520 or Bruce Gordon BLT would be good choices.
jeff lyon excursionbianchi boy
Jun 12, 2001 10:18 PM
I don't know what you consider inexpensive, but has a few of these frames in stock for $725 -- the Jeff Lyon Excursion. Looks like a really nice touring frame for the money, with lots of braze-ons. Lyon also has his own website which you can find by doing a search on Yahoo; can't remember the URL offhand. At GVH, you could build up this frame with a Campy Daytona triple for about $1,650 total -- frame, group, seat, wheels, tires, handlebar, etc.
re: Inexpensive touring bike?Bart S.
Jun 13, 2001 7:34 AM
Bianchi Volpe. Strong, comfortable ride, good warranty. Decent componants. Mine(1999)has RSX - the newer ones may be different. Fast enough to keep up on club rides. Can accomodate three water bottles for very long rides.