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    Hybrid or road bike for touring?

    I can't afford to buy a touring bike this year. Which of the following would be best suited for touring. I'm a 55-year-old female, moderately fit, will ride 20-30 miles per day.

    1) Trek 1000 road bike. Aluminum frame. Tires 700x28. Wide-range mountain gears. Fits me perfectly due to many modifications of components. Drawbacks: not sure if fenders will fit; might not have enough heel clearance for panniers; bartop brake levers interfere with front bag; only 1 water bottle cage. The frame is so small it will be hard to find space for more water bottles. It can take a rear rack, possibly also front.

    2) Specialized Crossroads hybrid: 2002 model (no front shocks), still in great condition. Steel frame. Heavier than the Trek. Gears are not as wide as the Trek, so it will not be as easy on hills. Has bar ends mounted toward the center of the handlebar for alternative hand positions. Tires 700 x 28. Frame is plenty stretched out for fenders and heel clearance. Eyelets for front and rear panniers and fenders.

    My position is the same on both bikes---moderately forward, not too upright not too low. I never use the drops on the road bike.

    I know neither of these bikes is idea for touring. Which one would be better? I prefer the Trek because it's lighter and has full MTB gears for steep hills, but I fear the frame is too compact for touring.

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    I'd normally say the road bike assuming you can get it set up the way you want it. However, the mileage you're talking about makes the question pretty much moot.

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    put the trek gears on the specialized.
    or
    remove the extra brake levers from the trek.
    you could use the dorky triathalon cages that mount behind the seat to add two more bottles that would be above the panniers and rack.

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    My hybrid is ideal for touring.

    Are you in America or Europe? Will you be on roads or unpaved trails and paths?

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    Quote Originally Posted by becnal
    My hybrid is ideal for touring.
    My touring bike is a hybrid as well - perfectly suited for the task.
    I think that for day in-day out comfort, you'll want the longer wheelbase and stability of the hybrid.
    Then again, how much gear will you be carrying?If not too much, then from what i've heard, a road bike(especially one as relaxed as a Trek 1000) should suffice.

    I think you'll have the answer once you do a mini tour on both bikes, for comparison. Go for a day/two day tour with all your gear, and see how it goes.
    When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.

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    Most hybrids work really well for touring....the vast majority of tours are done on hybrids--- thousands and thousands for Germans will ride the Rine cycling path this summer....on hybrids.

    You might run into a few snooty touring bike riders who think hybrids aren't *real* touring bikes, in the real world I ride in.... hybrids rock!

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    I have thousands of touring miles on my CrossRoads Hybrid!
    It's older than your 2002 model.

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    I've done fully loaded touring (camping) on my Trek 7500FX hybrid. It has worked out just fine and I can't think of any limitations other than dealing with headwinds. I put bar-ends on my bike so I could hunker-down a bit in headwinds, plus give a few more hand positions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by becnal
    My hybrid is ideal for touring.

    Are you in America or Europe? Will you be on roads or unpaved trails and paths?
    I'm in the U.S. and ride only on paved roads.

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    I would vote for the Hybrid with a gear change. measure the rear stays, and the wheel base. I would go with the longest wheel base and the longer stays for heel clearance. You can tour on anything, the key is to be comfortable.

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    Thanks a lot everyone. Based on your comments I'm leaning toward the hybrid for its longer wheelbase and adaptability to touring, but I'll do as suggested and try a short trip with each bike and see what happens.

    I don't know why there are so few touring bikes in the shops these days, and they seem so expensive. Seems like there used to be a lot more selection.

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