I have read through endless threads looking to narrow my search for a suitable bicycle that will be my trusty steed for however long i can enjoy cycling about South Korea, Japan, China, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia... (jasus! my legs are feeling tired already! I probably won't even make it out of Korea!!!)
I took a trip (loaded with advice and tips that I gathered my this site) up to Seoul today to the Fuji Bike store, and I had a look at the Fuji Touring bike. I was hoping that the guys in the shop would help me out and fit me to a specific bike size or at least point me in the right direction, but unfortunately they were as useful as tits on a bull, and all they seemed to know was the hefty price tag of the bike!
So it seems (according to the staff in the Fuji Bike store in Seoul) that there are no 2nd hand (touring) bikes to be got in South Korea.
This leaves me a little disappointed because the Fuji store said that they can order me a bike but it will take 6 months! So that's a no-go-option for me.
I have a bunch of questions, so please bear with me if you will!
I like the road bike style compared to the mountain bike style, but I have a feeling that the mountain bike style would be more suited for road conditions in Asia... please comment???
I would not like to be restricted to good roads, so my guess is that the road/drop style handle bars would be unstable on gravel or dirt roads... please comment???
26" or 700c:
there doesn't seem to be alot of road bike styles that have 26" wheels???
I've been looking on ebay at bikes and frames but most are 700c
what are peoples experiences these days on sourcing 700c tires in Asia?
Please help me choose a bike, I know that everyone has their own preferences etc but any specific help/guides on top of what i have already read would be great!
i have been looking into buying a frame and building my own setup. are there any recommended frames that come with many eyelets and braze-ons for water-bottles, racks, fenders etc etc???
I look forward to informative responses!
Thank you for reading