Originally Posted by I_HAS_A_BICYCLE
Disc brakes would be good. I find V-Brakes to fail straight away once rain settles here in Scotland. It's a nice bike and it looks like it would do the job. I can stretch my budget to £600 for a tourer.
do a number of touring bikes. There are two under £600. You don't get many (if any?) with disc brakes (and I wholeheartedly agree that you need them for touring in the UK. V-Brakes clog up with mud in no time. No such issues with Discs). A word of warning about those tourers: I'd keep a good eye on the gearing. Very few of them come with gearing suitable for touring. Some of them just have a double in front. You can't go low enough in gearing for loaded touring in my opinion. I had my LBS swap out the 28 tooth granny for a 22 tooth. My knees need it...
The Trek 7.3 with discs is £550 from Evans. If you're not too tall, you could try the Valencia
, which is last year's 7.3 with discs, and discounted at Evans, with limited sizes available. I have the 17.5" model which just fits me (I'm 5'10), but is slightly small. It's a steal at £360, though I have to admit that the silver 2011 7.3 (which my wife rides) looks a lot cooler.
In the last two years, I've ridden my Valencia (with panniers at the back ~10 KG load), from Barrow-in-Furness to Preston, Swindon to Cardiff, Penang to Kuala Lumpur, as well as across the Pennines on the CTC. It's held up wonderfully.
Last edited by fairymuff; 07-17-11 at 02:30 PM.