i've a quick question. i started touring about 3 years ago going from budapest to Normandy (france) and have got just a tad addicted.... (fine, i can't stay off the bike and there's nothing more i like in the world). I've been using the same bike up untill now (an ideal crosser) and have loved it even with it's problems. However last monday some lovely people decided to borrow my bike and loved it so much they kept it. For this reason i'm in the market to buy.
My question is this. I need a new bike that will do for touring and getting in and out of college fast. There's a second hand Giant ocr going at a bike shop here (not sure if it's an ocr 1,2 or 3 - and won't make it down to look for another day or two) but just a little worried if it will, A: hold me (i'm 2m tall and 105kg - 6"5 and 16,5 stone) and B: will it hold my gear (i normally take about 20/30kg max on back paniers).
It would be a great help if anyone knows this bike as i'm not really bike savy when it comes to knowing types of gears/frames etc. Or does anyone know of a good bike for about €700 (~$1000)
Thank you so much - and if anyone saw a blue ideal crosser with a massive frame and duck tape over the saddle in dublin on monday night i would love you... (even better if you saw it on tuesday... )
p.s - i'm guessing you can put hybrid tyiers on them???