Iím looking for a new Touring bike to use for commuting (20 miles each way,
carrying a bicycle garment bag and briefcase) and light-touring/credit-card
touring (to carry rear panniers and possibly a handlebar bag). One day it
may be used for fully-loaded self-supported touring.
I already have a 1983 Trek 620 touring bike (similar to the current 520, and
weighs about 30lb) that Iíll continue to use for fully-loaded touring. But,
I like the speed of my nimble little 20lb, 47cm Trek 1500wsd road bike which
is the reason Iíve decided that I need a 3rd bike that would be a compromise
between them Ė a lightweight but durable classic-style touring bike that
will speed up my long commutes. Although I donít intend to use the new bike
for fully-loaded touring, I may do so in the future.
Some criteria: preferably an aluminum frame, 700c wheels, wide gear range
including an excellent hill-climbing gear. I definitely want a true touring
bike (as described at http://sheldonbrown.com/gloss_ta-o.html#touringbike),
not a road bike. I'm 5'2 and 110 pounds so a lightweight bike with a smaller
frame with suitably-sized crank, brake levers, etc is important.
As far as budgetÖ. canít afford a Bruce Gordon but want something better
than a Trek 520. So probably around $1400-$1600. One consideration is the
Cannondale T2000 but I can't find any reviews on it and can't find a shop
within 100 miles that carries it so it would have to be ordered
sight-unseen. I live in Vancouver, BC.
Does anyone have an opinion on the T2000 or any other suggestions?
Bruce Gordon BLT, Cannondale parts bike, Ecodyne recumbent trike, Counterpoint Opus 2, miyata 1000
Oh yes you can afford a Bruce Gordon at www.bgcycles.com . The BLT I got was $1600.00 right off the showroom floor. Actually off the floor. I live near his shop and I bought his demo bike. A couple of hundred more for a rear rack. He is a good guy, if not the most chatty type, and has helped me several times since then. He TRUELY appreciated people who use his bikes a lot instead of letting them just sit around. Someone out there might even have gone insane and want to sell a used one. A Bianchi Volpe would be a less expensive alternative.
You might want to consider the Marinoni Ciclo Alu or Ciclo Alu Extra. It's an aluminum sport touring bike--it might be the right blend of light-weight aluminum performance and touring features. I've seen the Alu online for $1600 with Campy Mirage (but I'm not sure if this was USD of CND), and I believe there are a couple of shops in Vancouver that sell Marinoni. OTOH, if you're not wedded to the idea of an aluminum frame, there are lots of options in that price point for a great steel bike. FWIW, If I were dropping $1600 on a bike, it would probably be a Burley Vagabond.