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    whats a touring bike?

    OK bike ignoramus here: I'm trying to buy one and avoid getting ripped off in the process. I found this for $50 on craigslist:

    Leisure bike. Has always been well maintained and has almost never been used.
    Brand: Schwinn, Type: Suburban. Frame height: 20". Seat height from ground: 34" lowest, 45" highest. Tires: 27 x 1 1/4 90PSI
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    is this a good deal?

    is this a good deal? ..

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    It's a mixte! Lovely. Not exactly a touring bike, though. But it's not bad for $50. I can't tell if it has alloy wheels, or steel rims. Steel rims will be heavy, and not especially good in rain (it's very difficult to brake with wet steel rims).

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    so what is a t ouring bike exactly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by boron81 View Post
    so what is a t ouring bike exactly?
    Well, a touring bike has relaxed geometry. What does that mean? It means that you are NOT sitting completely upright (as you would on a 'comfort bike'), but you also aren't bent completely over (as in a racing bike).

    Touring bikes are meant to be stable under heavy loads, too. Generally touring bikes come with eyelets on the forks, front and back, so that fenders/mudguards and panniers can be attached.

    A lot of good touring bikes will be made of steel, because steel is pretty tough.

    Also, tyres on touring bikes run a bit wider than those on a racing bike (it's more comfortable).

    The mixte on the CL is probably a very comfortable ride. I have two myself, and love them. However, that one is unlikely to have all the eyelets which would be on a touring bike.

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    wow thanks a lot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by boron81 View Post
    wow thanks a lot!
    You're welcome. All in all, though, I think you would probably be happy with that bike for just general riding, if the description in the ad is at all close to the truth.

    Here is a great thread on mixtes:

    Show us your mixte (mhendricks' new happy place)

    Some real beauties in there!

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