Touring - The Good The Bad and The Ugly
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04-09-06, 11:59 AM
Hi Folks How about some impartial facts on touring bicycles.I thought the best way to obtain information is to hear what our forum members who use touring bikes have to say about the bikes they ride and what they have ridden in the past.Their comments should be imapartial,accurate and honest to the best of their knowledge.The experts can then comment on their validity.
04-09-06, 11:40 PM
Boils down to if you are comfortable on your bike, then you have the right touring bike! I personally ride a Mountain Bike converted for road as a fat tire touring bike. It's a cheapie, but it works well for me! You don't have to have the high end touring frame, but granted, it's nice to have a lighter frame, but if you are riding, you are riding! I'm never in a hurry anyway, it's not the destination for me, but the journey!
04-10-06, 07:22 PM
I've seen tourers with $3K custom bikes and tourers with bikes they picked up at Goodwill. They all seem to be happy with what they have. Mind-set is important. I tour to see things I've never seen before and I've met some mighty fine people (some are good friends now). If I had'nt have gotten out, I would never have met them or seen some of the wonderfull things you normally dont see in a car.
I rode the Natchez trace a couple of years ago on a goodwill bike and had quite an experience (first tour). Now I have a long haul trucker and will be taking the summer off to ride who knows where. I still have the goodwill bike and ride it to go camping. The LHT has not been scratched yet, so its still being "babied".
Toms right---its the journey thats important and being comfortable with what you have.
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