Hello touring enthusiasts!
I would like some advise on steel (Renolds 531)vs chro-molly tubing. I currently have a 1987 Trek 620 touring bike with many thousand miles logged doing mostly one and two day touring trips, recreational riding and training. I average 3,000 miles each year. The has a very sold steel (Reynolds 531) frame that has held up very well through the years. Except for recently replacing the rear derailleur because of damage in a crash, all other components and the wheels are original. I have enjoyed riding this bike over the years and plan on riding it in the up coming MS 150 Bike tour in Missouri.
I have been considering upgrading but my budget is severely limited (Less than 600.)It certainly would be nice to have a newer bike with SDI shifter and better gearing; and to divide my mileage between two bikes. Recenty, I noticed a Windsor touring bike advertised on eBay for about $560. It has a chro-molly frame. Would like some advise about this type frame on a touring bike. Has anyone had experience with the Windsor or chro-molly tubing in particular? Is it as rigid and durable as steel? Is the ride as cushioning and comfortable as steel?
Appreciate hearing from you all. Thanks.