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    Alright need a daily driver/coast to coast tourer.

    I found an '04 specialized sequoia specialized elite for 675 and will up grade the rims and breaks right off the bat putting it up to around 1100. I have ridden the bike unloaded and its a great ride.

    The only way I can get a trek 520 of a LHT is to buy before I ride because I need a 62cm frame and I'm really hesitant about slapping money down on a bike I haven't ridden.

    Should I just pull the trigger and order a LHT because there is no way it can't be the best bike ever because thats what I've been reading.

    help!

    Thanx in advance.

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    Pull the trigger, imo.

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    I have found that test rides are pretty useless at bicycle shops. I need at least 20 miles on a bike or so before I can even begin to consider how well it fits/rides/etc. The shops around here don't let me out of the parking lot. Any foreign bike I ride feels completely unnatural until I get used to it. When I get used to it I can start picking out particular things I like/dislike. That's why I think quick parking-lot test rides are over rated. However, I can understand how you feel.

    The Sequoia definitely isn't a touring bike, but I could see it working pretty well with a trailer. The rear triangle looks quite stiff. Mostly I would be worried about being able to fit larger tires on it. Those skinnys aren't fun on rough roads encountered when touring/commuting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mchaz View Post
    I have found that test rides are pretty useless at bicycle shops. I need at least 20 miles on a bike or so before I can even begin to consider how well it fits/rides/etc. The shops around here don't let me out of the parking lot. Any foreign bike I ride feels completely unnatural until I get used to it. When I get used to it I can start picking out particular things I like/dislike. That's why I think quick parking-lot test rides are over rated. However, I can understand how you feel.

    The Sequoia definitely isn't a touring bike, but I could see it working pretty well with a trailer. The rear triangle looks quite stiff. Mostly I would be worried about being able to fit larger tires on it. Those skinnys aren't fun on rough roads encountered when touring/commuting.
    After debating this with myself for the last 4 days I've decided I'm gonna go with the sequoia, but only if the heel clearance is there with saddle bags on the back. I'm going to be ridding the thing as a computer the majority of the time and I don't need something thats going to not be fun to ride when its not loaded, and from what I've read the sequoia can do unloaded and semi loaded pretty well. I have some decently wide 36 spoke rims I'm going to be putting the bike before it leaves the shop today, and I will definitely look into using a trailer.

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    I had all but called and ordered the LHT when I found the Specialized Globe. It will see around town use as well. Had my dealer not had it in stock and it not fit me like a glove I would have ordered the LHT in the blind based on the geometry and my knowledge of what fits me well. I'd say go for it.

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