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Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling Do you enjoy centuries, double centuries, brevets, randonnees, and 24-hour time trials? Share ride reports, and exchange training, equipment, and nutrition information specific to long distance cycling. This isn't for tours, this is for endurance events cycling

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Old 04-27-10, 12:34 PM   #1
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A question for those who do both LDC and touring

Assuming you both participate in Long Distance Cycling events and tour, do you have dedicated bicycles for both purposes? Or do you ride brevets etc. on your touring bike?
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Old 04-28-10, 01:38 AM   #2
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I do both on my LHT and don't really see the need to buy myself a dedicated rando bike. I like the idea of using one bike for everything, and it keeps me from worrying about having to adjust to the feel of a different bike depending on what ride I'm doing. Of course, I occasionally ride singletrack on my LHT and if there were any crits around I'd probably use the same bike for those, so you might want to take that with a grain of salt.
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Up till now I did both my touring and my randonnees on Machak, my Marinoni Ciclo sport touring bicycle.

Unfortunately, Machak was stolen on Easter Sunday, and now we're in the process of building a dedicated randonneuring bicycle ... and later there will be a dedicated touring bicycle.
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different bikes for me, but I could, if need be, do either on either. I could lightweight tour on my distance bike and vice versa.
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I like to ride fast for long distances and be comfortable. I bought the roubaix for this. For touring and commuting I have the cross check. I love the idea of a bike of all trades which is why I bought the versatile cross check , however having two bikes with one designed specifically for your favorite style of riding is probably the way to go. That and I wouldn't be able to safely leave the roub around town or want to ride it during a nasty winter day. Good luck! FWIW if you plan to do serious touring and don't wish to travel really quickly the LHT would be an awesome all rounder.
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The Trek 520 is also a good choice for both. It is lighter and a better unloaded road bike than the LHT.
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I use a Surly Long Haul Trucker for both, but only because I've just gotten into long distance riding (and so far, only solo--200K yesterday), and I weigh just over 200 pounds, so any bike I ride in extreme conditions (like down 8% grades in New England before potholes have been filled) has to be sturdy. I have a Bike Friday New World Tourist on order, set up as a randonneur, for this summer's stint in France and England, but I'll probably use that for touring in Ireland too. I might get a dedicated randonneur bike if I lose enough weight to make it worthwhile.
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I use my Hunter 29er for just about everything, with exception of hauling cargo, which I use my Surly Big Dummy.
the 29er I rode Portland to Ventura and did 12 hours of humboldt while en route, placing 3rd.
I did the Eastern Sierra Double on it
and I'm getting ready to do the 2010 Tour Divide Race.
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The Trek 520 is also a good choice for both. It is lighter and a better unloaded road bike than the LHT.
Also look at the Rocky Mountain Sherpa 30, which rides well unloaded (it seems to me).
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