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I'm not even sure if im going about this right. But my names Thomas, and i would like to purchase a bike that is great for long distances on road and maybe even on the back roads. And of course comfortable. I don't know anything about bikes but i do know i want to be traveling on this bike with those bags that hang on the sides of the bike that some use for storage. So i what im asking is, what bike would be great for all this? Is there anywhere i could get those saddle bags? If any one answers these questions i would much appreciate it. Thank you!
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Hi Thomas. Are the back roads paved? If they are, I would recommend you look at buying a road specific bike. You can either buy a good, older 10 speed or one of the newer road bikes. Check out both the Road Cycling Forum and the Long Distance Cycling Forum.
There are definitely other types of bikes that may work better for you. Try reading the forums and don't be afraid to ask questions. This is a great community of like-minded people.
The bags you are referring to are called saddle or pannier bags. Great for storage. You will also get some good ideas from the General Cycling Forum and the Commuting Forum. The commuters will be able to give you advice on Pannier bags.
When i said back roads i meant unpaved roads. My fault for lack of specifying. Although i do thank you. I didn't think anyone was going to even take a look. I will make sure i look at those other forums also.
A cyclocross bike is great for unpaved roads. Typically "road bikes" might come with very skinny tires that can make riding your bike on unpaved roads a real handful. Check out cyclocross bikes and/or touring bikes.
Originally Posted by ThomasWMsloth
Some cyclocross bikes come with knobby tires; some come with smooth tires. Depending on the mix of riding you end up doing, you might be happy with either.
All of the major brands sell 'cross bikes these days. Some possible models - Bianchi Volpe, Redline Conquest, Surly Crosscheck, etc.