New to touring and cycling in general. I'm looking for a decent, sub-$700 bike that I can use for commuting and also load up for touring. According to rough measurements it should be a 55-57cm frame (or 17.5-18" if it's a mountain bike frame). If anyone could recommend something it would be appreciated. I would prefer a road frame, but I'm not terribly picky considering my lack of knowledge.
People recommend the Windsor Tourist from bikesdirect.com . I have a Novarra Randonee and I like it. You can find the 09 models on sale from REI for $799.
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Looking for a cheap bike the "kona smoke" might be of interest to you........... chromoly frame long wheel base and long chainstay....
Biking shorts and sunglasses: necessary for a tour, or a really nice luxury?
1: Protect your eyes. You're out in the middle of the day, ALL day. The UV protection is the biggest reason I can think of.
2: Protect your eyes, again: Bugs in the eyes is a pain, so is road grime kicked up by passing trucks, or small chunks of whatever flying around in the air on a windy day.
Shorts? Depending on who you are, are either unwanted, a luxury, or a necessity.
Some people chafe without them, and thus require them. Others find it more comfortable with them, but don't chafe without them, and then there are people who just don't need them, or want them.
This one is all dependent upon your needs.
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Personally I hate riding with glasses. I definitely do get the occasional bug in the eye but I don't mind. The biggest problem is the wind. If you don't blink enough you can really dry ur peepers out! My biggest gripe against glasses is that they get all sweaty and fog up.
I also think that shorts are necessary for any kind of long riding. I also use Body Glide on the delicate bits down there. It prevents chaffing better than chamois buttr I think.
I would recommend both sunglasses with UV protection and a helmet visor. You're going to be out in an awful lot of sun and there's additional reflection off the road and shiny cars. You don't want to end up with cataracts or macular degeneration down the line.
My ideal touring bicycle:
-Steel frame that fits right and can hold big tires w/fenders -bombproof 36 spoke wheels -hub dynamo + led lights -linear pull brakes -Schwalbe marathon tires -Brooks B-17 leather saddle -low gears (lowest should be 22 tooth cog up front, 34 tooth cog in the rear) -solid rack (tubus is good) -big handlebar bag -2 bottle cages with stainless steel bottles
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About to go on my first "tour" ride its only gonna be about a 110 mile round trip but its all up hill on way out, i live in idaho so no matter where i go its gonna be up hill. I was wondering if you guys have any suggestions about gears i should run for it. I run 26" wheels current gear set up is 11-32 in rear with a 50-39-28 in front im trying to be kinda in the middle its all up hill one way and its gonna be down hill on way back. I think its gonna be like a 9000ft climb over 25 miles or so of crappy idaho "roads". I pretty much wanted to know if my current set up is ideal for this
Yeah after i wrote that i kinda started to think that same thing
Does anybody tour on one speed bicycles? I am thinking light one speed bikes like the Raleigh One Way for example.
Hi Clunkrider, people tour on damn near anything: straight up touring bikes, hardtails, recumbants, unicycles, skateboards and yes there are a few singles out there as well as blind people, young people, middle aged people and the well retired. The trick to touring is to do it. No matter what you bring to the table your experience will be unique and a memorable part of your life.
nevermind found a derailleur
I know a lot of good touring bikes use bar-ends for some good reasons (more basic than integrated shifters, so less likely to malfunction and easier to repair if they do, even in Timbuktu).
However, the convenience of the STI shifters on my road bike makes me a safer rider than in my downtube days, now having shifting and braking *right there* to bail me out in dicey last-second situations.
I've never ridden bar-ends (yet).
How do experienced tourers feel about the safety and convenience of use, including braking (especially if no third-world touring is planned)?
Clunkerider- I am planning a 300+ mile, 4 day trip on my Schwinn Traveler- fixed-gear. Going to do it in the next couple days. I do my tri's on it and my commuting on the same bike. I have done many long rides between 20-70 miles. Can't imagine what I would do if I had gears
i am a newb to touring, i just got back from a 150m tour with my 2 friends.
it was all our firsts time. i took my Schwinn Madison and climbed up from half moon bay to merill at uc santa cruz then to big sur. i did it all on a fixed gear and a lot of ambition.
this thread has helped me a lot im going to post a thread about my experience when i upload some pics.
thank you for all the advice