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    Hybrid or Tourer?

    Hi guys,

    I'm in need of a new bike. My Dawes Mirage 06' is suffering from the extra millage I do now in Scotland. (I cycle for fun up hill, down hill, Forrest and marsh, don't ask about the marsh). I found the roads to be a whole lot harsher than London where I moved from.

    I'm stuck between choosing a tourer or another Hybrid. I need to carry things and my bike cries whenever I use my pannier. I've tried everything and it's officially dying a premature death. It's four months old.

    My price range is 400.

    It looks like it's in good condition until you ride it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I_HAS_A_BICYCLE View Post
    Hi guys,

    I'm in need of a new bike. My Dawes Mirage 06' is suffering from the extra millage I do now in Scotland. (I cycle for fun up hill, down hill, Forrest and marsh, don't ask about the marsh). I found the roads to be a whole lot harsher than London where I moved from.

    I'm stuck between choosing a tourer or another Hybrid. I need to carry things and my bike cries whenever I use my pannier. I've tried everything and it's officially dying a premature death. It's four months old.

    My price range is 400.
    Well, at 400 you are likely to struggle finding a proper tourer. If you're not carrying too much load, you can tour on a hybrid fine. My wife and I both use a Trek 7.3 which is great for light touring (we just did the C2C on them, carrying our stuff in panniers, but staying in hotels, so not a heavy load). Seeing you're in the UK/Scotland, you might want to spend a bit more on the disk brake version...

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I_HAS_A_BICYCLE View Post
    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.

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    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.
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