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Old 10-31-05, 05:44 PM   #1
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mtb good for touring?

r these bikes good for touring.

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Old 10-31-05, 05:59 PM   #2
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Lucy has 100,000 miles on her. Mountain bikes are the BEST for touring!
She's a TREK 8000 modified with drop bars.
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Old 10-31-05, 06:16 PM   #3
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Mountain bikes are great for touring. I would recommend getting bar ends to give your hands another position on the handlebars. It's slower than a touring bike though because of the tire resistance and more upright riding position but you will get a smoother ride with the larger tires. I've noticed a lot less broken spokes on MTB's touring vs hybrids or thin tire touring bikes according to journals I have read. I wouldn't recommend a full suspension MTB for touring the road, get a hardtail or one with no shocks at all.

My experience was great on a low end Walmart MTB.

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Old 10-31-05, 06:33 PM   #4
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I definitely had a better time on my $20 good-will mnt.bike doing the Natchez Trace and then down thru North Carolina and to Georgia. I had over 50 lbs in the bob and another 30 in bags up front. The gearing was spot on for me.
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Old 10-31-05, 08:32 PM   #5
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MTBs have some advantages for touring. The frames are generally heavy duty and can easily stand up to heavy loads. The standard gearing is lower than the typical road bike so you don't have to cutomize it. 26 inch tires and tubes are easier to find in small towns than 700c.

The front suspension on a hardtail can also be nice for long days on rough roads though it does add some weight to the bike.
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Old 11-01-05, 12:02 AM   #6
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I toured the Natchez Trace with 3 friends. They all rode touring or road bikes. I seemed to be less sore in the mornings. I think this is directly attributed to my mtn. bike (hardtail).
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Old 11-02-05, 08:58 PM   #7
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I love both my MTB and LHT. I've been mostly on tracks while riding my MTB and paved roads with LHT, could be just a psychological thing though.
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