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Old 09-27-06, 06:40 PM   #1
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My new "touring" bike

Talk about impulse buying. After methodically tracking,bidding and losing on several used 520's,Auroras & LHT's over the past month on Ebay, I bought a new bike today for touring. Since touring for me involves pulling a bob trailer over different types of surfaces, my selection is somewhat unconventional.
I bought an Iron Horse LX '06 City & Hybrid Bike.
Alloy frame
manitou 60mm front fork
48/38/28
sus seat post
700C wheels
Low end sram ,shimano,tektro components
Original price $449.99
Sale price $339.99
Final price with 3 day 15% off sale & a 10% off coupon-$260.00.
Probably have to upgrade a few things, but it looked too good to pass up.
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I might be barking up the wrong tree on this one, but if my decade-old MTB worked flawlessly pulling a loaded bob, why should I pay big bucks for a touring bike,upgrades,racks and panniers.
My only problem on the first trip was hand discomfort.
Now I have front suspension.
I know most people who tour, use panniers, but are they factoring in all the costs including the bike ?
You can certainly get by with alot less bike for pulling a trailer.
In this case, the whole rig will be around $600.00 delivered.

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