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    what bike would be best suitable for a long distance ride?

    So, I'm thinking about taking a long distance ride of probably around 500 - 600 miles or so. On daily rides and weekends I ride a tarmac road bike, usually ride about ~200 on the weekends, but I don't think this is suitable for a longer ride that i'll span days. So, I'm thinking more about a touring\road bike with some type of luggage mounts to carry gear and stuff. Anyways, want it to be affordable but still have everything I'd need for this type of trip. I'd like it to be light as possible, but maybe that's not that big of a deal as I think? Probably steel frame but don't really know? What tires and wheel are good for this? Any suggestions would be helpful. Also, it'll be on the roads at least I hope for the most part. : )

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    If by "long distance" you mean "I'm going to take a week to travel 500 miles," then the touring section is thataway ----> http://www.bikeforums.net/forumdisplay.php/47-Touring

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    ha, thanks.. posted it there..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacciagalupe View Post
    If by "long distance" you mean "I'm going to take a week to travel 500 miles," then the touring section is thataway ----> http://www.bikeforums.net/forumdisplay.php/47-Touring
    From Bicycle Times Magazine:

    By Paul RozelleRandonneuring is long-distance, unsupported, noncompetitive cycling within prescribed time limits. The events—called brevets—are 200km (13.5 hour time cut-off ), 300km (20 hours), 400km (27 hours), 600km (40 hours), and 1000km (75 hours). Grand Randonnées are 1200km and riders must finish in 90 hours or less. The original Grand Randonnée, Paris-Brest-Paris (PBP), was first held in 1891 and inspired the modern Olympic Games and the Tour de France. There are also populaires, rides longer than 100km but less than 200km, and the flèche, a 24-hour team event.
    Brevets are sometimes called randonnées, a word that has no precise English translation, but which is evocative of touring, adventuring, and wandering or rambling. One may also see the word audax in reference to randonneuring. Technically, audax rides are commonpace events where cyclists ride, rest, and finish together at a pace established by a route captain. Audax is roughly translated as “audacious,” which certainly describes riding a bicycle 750 miles!
    There is some overlap between randonneuring and touring. The big difference is that randonneuring is about the ride and touring is about the destination.
    Last edited by Myosmith; 09-16-13 at 05:37 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Myosmith View Post
    There is some overlap between randonneuring and touring. The big difference is that randonneuring is about the ride and touring is about the destination.
    At the risk of getting into an esoteric debate...

    It's "ultracycling" when you do massive mileage (100+ miles IMO) in a more or less contiguous fashion. E.g. if you do 500 miles, and sleep as little as possible, even if it isn't a timed event it's basically ultracycling. If you stay in a hotel with the intent of getting 8 hours of sleep and a complimentary breakfast, it's a tour.

    You might like ultras for the same reasons as you like touring; you might need similar training and gear, depending on the event. I can't think of many situations that really fall into a middle ground. Maybe PacTOUR falls inbetween, but even then -- and for what little it matters -- I'd classify it as a tour that does enormous daily distances.

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    randonneurs are like tourists that aren't sensible enough to stop for the night

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    I'd take the tarmac and do the whole 500 miles in 30 hrs +/- and be on to the next thing.
    It doesn't get harder, you just go slower.

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    every once in a while I think about doing some touring, but I know I'd get to the overnight and say, "why stop here?" 250 miles is a nice short tour, or a short ride depending on who you talk to.

    I'm going to close this thread since the OP has moved on. If you want to talk about the difference between touring and long distance, there is a thread about that very subject HERE
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