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Old 09-06-17, 08:35 AM   #1
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Hello,

I am sure this is a repeat post. I apologize, if so.
I am looking for a steel-framed touring bike with disc brakes. I have looked at Trek, Specialized and Surly. I am wondering what there is to fit the bill in the under $1k catagory, or a good place to pick up a pre-owned bike.

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Old 09-06-17, 08:45 AM   #2
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Mechanical or Hydraulic Disc Brakes?
Flat bar or Drop bar?
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Old 09-06-17, 10:19 AM   #3
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Fuji Touring fits the bill at list price.


REI ADV 1.1 can slip under the $1k limit when it's on sale.


If you're in the market now, and can find a Trek 520 or Surly LHT, you may be able to talk the ship down on price.
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Fuji Touring fits the bill at list price.


REI ADV 1.1 can slip under the $1k limit when it's on sale.
No discs on the Fuji or ADV1.1. Can get them on the ADV2.1/3.1, though, and both should be around the grand mark on sale.
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I am wondering what...a good place to pick up a pre-owned bike.
ebay.
craigslist.
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I would recommend against getting a touring bike with disk brakes unless you are somewhat mechanically-inclined. Whenever I have a flat on a disk-equipped bike, I have to adjust the wheel and caliper carefully to avoid rubbing. With rim brakes, changing a tube or tire is a stop-and-go affair which requires a minimum of tools and time.

When I put my bike together, I specifically avoided disk brakes. V-brakes (or cantilevers) are simple, efficient, and allow for quick wheel changes. As I average one flat per week riding around in the city, I don't want to waste time fiddling around making adjustments.
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As I average one flat per week riding around in the city, I don't want to waste time fiddling around making adjustments.
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I would recommend against getting a touring bike with disk brakes unless you are somewhat mechanically-inclined. Whenever I have a flat on a disk-equipped bike, I have to adjust the wheel and caliper carefully to avoid rubbing. With rim brakes, changing a tube or tire is a stop-and-go affair which requires a minimum of tools and time.

When I put my bike together, I specifically avoided disk brakes. V-brakes (or cantilevers) are simple, efficient, and allow for quick wheel changes. As I average one flat per week riding around in the city, I don't want to waste time fiddling around making adjustments.
This issue is actually really easy to solve.

1. Get hex skewers

2. turn bike upside down and slot the wheels into dropouts

3. tighten skewers to max torque

4. adjust disc brake caliper.

Next time you need to take out the wheel do the same as above but since no one carries a torque wrench on tour

1. turn bike upside down

2. slot wheels into dropouts

3. tighten the hex skewer until disc is centered in the caliper

This way you get the torque and caliper spacing correct every time.

I also would not consider rim brakes trouble free since my bike has a disc front and rim rear and I have to do the above steps with both rear and front wheels to get the braking surfaces centered. I need to have my avid ultimate shorty's about 1mm from the rim to get any kind of braking power and a sloppy centering will cause rub, just as with a disc brake.
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I picked up the REI ADV 3.1 a week ago on sale for just under $1,000 and am liking it so far, aside from getting used to bar end shifters for the first time:
https://www.rei.com/product/109339/c...es-adv-31-bike
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