New to Touring - Japan
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Currently live in Kumamoto(Kyushu), Japan
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Touring Bikes in Japan
I am a newbie to touring so please forgive any ignorance any seasoned vets might find common knowledge.
I don't yet have a touring bike but would like to do a month long tour of Japan, where I'm currently living. All the research I've done on American bikes doesn't really apply because those bikes are not offered in my part of Japan (Kyushu).
Many sites I've read recommend the Trek 520 for newbies. Except Japan doesn't carry the Trek 520, any Trek touring bikes they carry out here are out of my price range.
The bike my nearest shop recommended is a Louis Garneau. I realize that it is probably not the best bike, but realizing that this will be my first tour & I will probably sell the bike once I leave Japan, will this bike be sufficient? The bike is about $950 U.S. I'm not really schooled in gear information so any advice on gears would be greatly appreciated.
Bike info (in English) is at:
Also if anyone else is in Kyushu, send me a note.