What Bike For Touring
Hi, im new to bicycle touring and am looking to purchase a new bike. I currently have a Gary Fischer Advance mountain bike, and i was looking for something i could tour on and just use to ride around.
I've been looking and am interested in the Jamis Coda Sport(599.00) and the Trek7.3fx(569.00) I know these are not touring bikes but i thought they might work. I dont really want to spend much more than $600 on a bike and i was wondering if anyone had any suggestions.
Before making a decision on a bike, you should narrow down what type of touring you are wanting to do.
If you're planning to do fully loaded touring (with panniers front and back), that restricts you to a sturdy (and heavy) bike with the ability to take racks and panniers, and the ability stand up to higher loads.
If you're planning to do lightweight touring, with maybe just an oversized saddle bag, then you can get by with a light road bike.
You can probably find a Jamis Aurora for around $800 if you look on the Internet and call Jamis dealers. It's a good value and you'd likely spend as much on it as you would buying a $600 and then having to upgrade a lot of parts.
My suggestion is that you tour on your Gary Fisher and see if you like it. If you really get into it, you won't be completely happy until you get a dedicated touring bike. If it's an occasional thing, your mountain bike will probably work fine, and you can think about what kind of bike you want to spend your $600 on.
If you decide you want to get serious about touring but don't have much money, some of the more reasonable dedicated touring bikes include $599 for a Windsor Tourist from BikesDirect, $825 for a Fuji Touring,$900 for a Surly LHT, or $949 for a Novara Randonee. I have a Surly LHT. I built it up from a frame so my components are different from those on a complete. I also have yet to take it on its first tour, so my review is only based on riding around home, but I love it so far. I've heard good things about the other models. Lots of people have reported successful tours on them.
Another option is used. It's hard to get a super deal because lots of people know the value of a used tourer, but I've bookmarked a couple of tourers on Ebay right now. One is an old Trek 520 that's at $455 with 14 hours to go. A brand new 520 is over $1200. Like I said, great deals are fairly rare, but I see good deals all the time. Go to "cycling" on Ebay and search for "touring".
Craigslist is another option. Even people who are selling locally can be amenable to shipping. Tell the seller you'll contact a local bike shop to do the boxing and shipping. Many will. If the seller just has to drop off the bike, he or she is usually willing.
Hi, thanks for the information. Actually i had seen the windsor tourist on bikesdirect.com and was interested. I was wondering if anyone knows anything about this bike or if it is a quality bike. I read somewhere that it is the same bike as the fuji touring and was wondering if this was true. Is this bike worth 599.00?
We toured across the US on three Windsor Tourists and found them quite satisfactory.
Originally Posted by nicholasshimp
Two of us changed the rack that was supplied and all of us obtained lower gearing by going with a Sugino XD600 crank ($80). I did a short review at:
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