Any Rocky mountain touring bikes?
I used to own a Rocky Mountain Fusion mountain bike that I rode from Toronto to Vancouver when I was 19. I used a factory Fusion with slicks and bar-ends as my only mods.
I guess I am somewhat nostalgic about that. Unfortunately, my bike was stolen. Anyway, I wanted to know what you guys thought about the current Rocky Mountain lineup, specifically relating to buying a good bike that I can use for years to come as a commuter, maybe some mild trail riding (with knobbies or course...) and a week-long touring trip each year (or more).
They seem to have a bike that is designed for "city" use (http://www.rocky-mountain.com/bikes/...ity/rc-st.aspx
), and I was thinking that might be appropriate. I noticed that the Cannondale, Trek, and other manufacturers' touring bikes have drop-style handlebars. Do you guys consider these handlebars to be "must-haves" for a touring bike?
The other bike I was looking at was the Kona Sutra, but I could not find a review from a touring person to find out if this was what I really wanted. Anyone here OWN a Sutra?
I guess I was wondering if I'm better off getting a "mountain bike" again instead of a proper touring bike.
Thanks for any opinions!