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    Those looking for a new touring bike

    Since someone seems to e-mail the forum looking for advice on a new touring bike, I thought that I would jump the *** and point out that REI just put their Novara Randonee Bike on sale for $750. You do not even have to be a member of the cooperative.

    It is a steel bike with Tiagra/LX components. A triple up front and an ultra wide cassette on the rear. Comes with a rear rack.

    Just in case you are wondering, I have no connection with REI other than shopping there occasionally.

    Take care.

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    It looks like they only have 59cm frames left?

    How does the Novara Randonee match up to the Fuji Touring?

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    To find other sizes, you probably need to go to the store. The REI by Baily's Crossroads in VA had a few in stock.

    EDIT: A buddy just stopped by REI Bailey's Crossroads and they had a smaller one (~52cm top tube) on the floor plus a few hanging up on the ceiling. Of course, I would just call the local REI if you are interested in a particular size.
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    Does any one know what size headset the Randonee has 1 inch or 1 1/8 inch???

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    It's a 59 cm only. And I see by the pre-order for '07 the randonee is'nt listed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fks
    Does any one know what size headset the Randonee has 1 inch or 1 1/8 inch???
    1 1/8"
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    I checked out this bike at my local REI, and I didn't get it because it has racing bike rear spacing, and racing bike short chainstays. I'd rather have mountain bike rear spacing and longer chainstays, so I didn't get one. The components seemed good for a bike of this price.

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    I got one because I picked it up for 300, not knowing anything about bikes, just knowing I wanted a commuter. I got REALLY lucky. I love these bikes, though I havent done any touring on it yet, just commuting.

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