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touring bicycle reccomendations(11 posts)

touring bicycle reccomendationsgildomilo
Jun 16, 2003 6:15 AM
Hi,
I'm not sure if this is the correct site to post about touring bikes, but I'm looking for a road bike that I can train on and also do some long distance, weekend/week long touring with paniers etc etc. I would like to build my own from bike, and was wondering if people have reccomendations on frames etc.
Thanks,
Gil
Pickup a copy of Cycling Plus....Dave Hickey
Jun 16, 2003 6:34 AM
Cycling Plus is a UK magazine that has a lot of touring frames in their ads.

www.cyclingplus.co.uk
Co-motion AmericanaMXL02
Jun 16, 2003 7:43 AM
Check out their web site. They can build this bike with S&S couplers to make it that much more transportable.
How much $? Rivendell probably has something...cory
Jun 16, 2003 8:02 AM
Take a look at www.rivbike.com--Rivendell might have something that works. I have an Atlantis and love it. The Rambouillet is a somewhat "roadier" version of the same thing (a little lighter). They're $990 for the frame/fork/headset/BB installed. Or you can get the Romulus, a complete bike with similar geometry, for $1400.
re: touring bicycle reccomendationsTrent in WA
Jun 16, 2003 8:06 AM
Gil,

Believe it or not, these days you have a wide range of choices for touring bikes, particularly if you're willing to mail order or deal with English builders. Jamis, Fuji, Trek, and Cannondale all make good and reasonably light full touring bikes that would serve your needs well, in that price order. (The Jamis Aurora, at $600, is a steal--if I were going to get an off-the-peg tourer right now, that'd be it.) For touring frames, you have at least three good options domestically: Todd Kuzma of this board is the owner of Heron Bicycles, and his Touring model is specifically designed to be good for both loaded and unloaded touring. Bruce Gordon makes full-on touring bikes designed around either 700c or 26" wheels. The Rivendell Atlantis has also gotten a lot of good press. These last three are also lovely frames as well as being useful for your purposes. If none of them strike your fancy, there are a bunch of British builders who make excellent touring frames: M Steel / Dave Yates, Orbit, Dawes, and St. Johns St. come to mind. My tourer is a Thorn Nomad from St. Johns St. (http://www.sjscycles.com), built around 26" wheels, and if you're interested in that model, I can highly recommend it.

Good luck!

Trent in WA
Another Thornwillem72
Jun 16, 2003 5:17 PM
I also have a Thorn Club Tour from the UK - it's Reynolds 531, 700c wheels, Shimano mid-level stuff and a bit of slug, but great for those 120km fully-laden days. They also make a range of lighter and more sportif 700c bikes, all excellent quality and carefully designed. I met Robin Thorn while I was at the factory in Bridgwater and he is a zealot, there's no doubt. Their 26" wheel models look awesome, but I wanted a more road oriented machine - for those beautiful European roads.

The Cannondale tourers look really good too - CAAD 3 frames are tough and the quality is superb, while the components are well chosen - all at realistic prices.

Can also recommend Cycling Plus as a great source of detailed information about tourers.

An essential weapon in a dedicated cyclist's arsenal, a good tourer will last for years, prove amazingly versatile and retain its value.

Good luck

W72
test rodegildomilo
Jun 16, 2003 6:19 PM
I test rode a Fuji Touring model. It felt really really good. I've owned the same mountain bike for 10 years now and I have never owned a road bike. These past few weeks I've been doing a lot of road riding, too much for a mountain bike. I ride about 100-125 miles per week, usually 20-25 miles every afternoon. So I'm sick of riding the mountain bike on the road. Right now my budget is extremely tight, and I was thinking I could save money by building up a used or new frame with new/used components. I might just hold off until the end of the summer when I can afford something that I want. I really need to read up on components etc etc does anyone know a good place to read up on those?
Thanks for all the ideas so far.
-Gil
re: touring bicycle reccomendationswinstonc
Jun 16, 2003 9:34 AM
Your description sounds exactly like what I was looking for -- until last week. I wanted an all-purpose bike but it's hard to find a decent road frame made in the last few years that has rack eyelets. I guess they're just not cool for those who fancy themselves racers...

Anyway, I bought an Airborne Carpe Diem frame and built it up last Thursday. The geometry is sort of in the middle; not too aggressive, not too laid back like a dedicated touring bike (eg. Trek 520). I found the ride comfortable and the handling to be much more confident than on my previous bike. Also, since it's bare titanium, there's no worrying about corrosion or chipped paint (I get annoyed when my friends park their fancy bikes -- as though the slightest contact of the frame to another surface would instantly reduce the bike's value to nothingness).

I took it out for a 40-mile first run on Saturday, then on Sunday I put a rack and panniers on it and rode 15 miles to the beach to have a picnic with some friends. It was a good weekend.

I have some pictures and commentary (if you click on the thumbnail images) at:
http://www.stdout.org/~winston/airborne/Airborne.html
Lyon Excursion @ GVHbikes.com - nmdzrider
Jun 16, 2003 10:20 AM
Handles a full load and still rides like a lively bike.
re: touring bicycle reccomendationsChaz_cycles
Jun 16, 2003 6:55 PM
Bruce Gordon for a true touring bike. www.bgcycles.com Airborne Carpe Diem for great all around one.
re: touring bicycle reccomendationsBarton
Jun 17, 2003 5:45 AM
Two inexpensive choices are the Jamis Aurora and the Bianchi Volpe.