Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Take a deep breath, and ask--What would Sheldon do?
Bikes: Nishiki Nut! International, Pro, Olympic 12, Sport mixte, and others too numerous to mention.
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Originally Posted by boron81
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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