Tilting with windmills
Join Date: May 2008
Location: North Texas 'Burbs
Originally Posted by reno327
I'd like to hear what kind of bikes you ride, especially the touring/cyclcross you mentioned. Thanks for your input pal.
Well, you're going to get a lot of endorsements for the Surly Long Haul Trucker, or LHT, as well as the Surly Cross Check. They have well earned reps for being well built.
Pretty much any loaded touring bike, from a REI Naronne or Randonee to a Trek 520, or all points in between will work. The one issue with new touring bikes is that they are a niche market and the type of bike folks buy and keep forever. This means there aren't a ton of choices and manufacturers charge a bit more than entry level road bikes.
There are all kinds of ideas on what weight limit bikes have. For any theory presented I bet we have a member that has successfully gone against that logic. Any steel bike will work, any aluminum bike will work, and the real debate is over Carbon Fiber. We have plenty of folks here who ride CF and have no problems.
Your only real concern will be wheels. It's an easy fix.
Where are you locatred and what lines of bikes do your local shops carry? Another option, my favorite, is the used market. I do most all my own wrenching so used doesn't worry as much as it may others.
May I ask if you have a set budget? This can really narrow down the model search, but it's also a personal thing and I don't want to be too personal if it isn't someting you want to answer.
Hopefully some others will chime in on models. I'm a vintage kind of guy and none of my bikes are still being built in the variations I own, lol.
Edit: Where are you in Texas? There is another option depending on where you are. There is a company called Bikes Direct. The internet company gets a lot of press, some negative, some positive. The issue is with marketing, not the quality of bikes or the prices, which are excellent. It just so happens that there is a brick and mortar chain of stores owned by the same guy called Cycle Spectrum. If you live close to one of those you can get the cost savings and the benfit of an LBS to stand behind the bikes. Our local Spectrum is staffed by some good folks.
Last edited by txvintage; 12-31-08 at 03:09 PM.