Touring - Help me select a bike
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05-15-07, 09:36 PM
I will very likely be going on my first bicycle tour in mid july, and on that tour I will be using my 1980's road bike; however, Im in the market for a new bike and it isnt something I just want to jump into. I have been eyeing the Independent Fabrications "independence" and was wondering if anyone had experiance with them. any gripes, however small? I know someone is going to sugest the LHT but im leaning in the direction of something more exotic.
any other sugestions?
05-15-07, 10:22 PM
If you've got the green, go for it. IF is a quality company and the staff stands behind the work. You pay for he privilege of getting American built components, but that's not a bad thing if you can afford it. There are lots of other options -- Bruce Gordon, top-end Rivendell, Co-Motion.
I've ridden custom, factory and boutique frames. If it speaks to you, go for it. One issue: you must ride before you buy. If IF can't put you in touch with an owner who can let you fondle the bike, you may want to go slow.
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