Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Brussels, Belgium
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I could really use some advise. I have to admit to being completely ignorant to the benefits of one type of bike style over the other. Unfortunately, I have decided to become educated in a country where my ability to speak one of the local languages is moderate at best, and the other language I barely know 3 words! So language has made my education a bit more difficult.
I live in Belgium and would like to buy a bike for weekend rides through the country/forests locally and also for day rides in the countryside of the Netherlands and France. I would love to think that I will become a dedicated cyclist, and will use the opportunity to do longer, overnight trips throughout Europe - but if I do progress to that level, I can buy another bike.
The weather here changes constantly, and is often wet. The roads for the most part are in good shape, with some rough spots in places (especailly through the forest, and as long as I keep off the cobblestones!)
The bike that has been recommended to me by a local store owner is a Scott Sonoma. I've checked out the Scott web site but was unable to find anything that gave me the attributes (other than technical) of this type of bike style. If someone could explain the difference between "Urban Touring", "Outdoor Touring" and "Road" with some of the pluses and minuses - I would greatly appreciate the help!