Touring - A good touring bike?
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03-18-12, 06:24 AM
I have recently been looking on getting myself a touring bike, my budget is around £500 and I have seen a Cube Town 2011 (http://www.shop-hookedoncycling.co.uk/164/products/2011-Cube-Town-Gents-Hybrid-Bike.aspx?utm_source=Froogle&utm_medium=PriceComp&utm_term=Froogle&utm_content=None&utm_campaign=PriceComp1). What do people think?
I am already a fan of Cube bikes, I would swap the flat bar for a butterfly and have found a front rack which can clip on as well.
I am bit of a novice in all of this and would appreciate any advice :)
03staylo, I'm not familiar with Cube bicycles, but brand confidence goes a long way. I don't know if it can be modified to expedition level touring, but for the price appears to be a good start and easily modified for credit card and light touring.
03-18-12, 08:47 AM
Do you have any links to the frame geometry? I would say the bike is suitable for general duty touring. You can tour on just about anything that rolls, whether it is suitable depends on your needs and wants. Cube makes a Touring bike too. The frame appears the same as the Town bike, but the Tour has upgraded drive train on it. Check out the price difference it may be worth the few extra dollars.
I use two different bikes for most of my touring, one is a converted rigid MTB the other a "City" bike from the late 1980's. Both happen to be Giants; Giant Excursion and Giant Iguana. I have also done shorter 2-4 day tours on my Raleigh Superbe 3 speed and my Raleigh Twenty which is also a 3 speed. Touring to me is more of a state of mind than the equipment involved.
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03-18-12, 03:14 PM
Did some digging on the Cube Town and Cube Tour, identical geometries (probably the same frame). Yes you can tour on it, I don't like the suspension fork, but that may be able to be locked out or stiffened up to where it isn't an issue.
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