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Old 04-23-08, 10:44 AM   #1
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I am looking to go on a 600 mile tour, my first ever long ride. For this, I am considering the purchase of a 1998 fully loaded Novarra Randonee; is this old of a bike still quality and worth the investment of a few hundred dollars for a new rider like myself?

Any sage advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 04-23-08, 12:38 PM   #2
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A shot I found of that bike showed that it was made for use with rear racks and fenders. It is a good brand but I would take it by your bike shop first, tell them what you had planned and get their opinion. If you are not buying it from them I'd agree to get needed work done there. Go light and stay in Motels if you can afford it. If not get a front rack as well to carry the extra stuff you will need. The long distance forum is another good place for your questions.
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I would be worried about the bike's condition rather than it's age. Bikes last a real long time (my touring bike has c. 20yrs) and so do their components if they're well maintained. So in buying a used bike make sure it's in good condition.

Other than that I can't comment on the bike itself without more details, but a dedicated touring bike should be good for touring
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If the frame is clean and solid, age means nothing. My main touring bike turned 40 this year, and still does a wonderful job for me.
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Thanks all; the bike is in good condition and well maintained with newer components.
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Should be fine then - the main concern would probably be the wheels - make sure they are true, properly tensioned and the hubs are smooth and greased. And of course that the cassette, chain and cables are in good shape. Enjoy your ride.
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Buy it.
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I am looking to go on a 600 mile tour, my first ever long ride. For this, I am considering the purchase of a 1998 fully loaded Novarra Randonee; is this old of a bike still quality and worth the investment of a few hundred dollars for a new rider like myself?
Yes, definitely. Eventually some parts will need to be replaced, but that is true of every bike. I say, go for it!
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Should be fine then - the main concern would probably be the wheels - make sure they are true, properly tensioned and the hubs are smooth and greased. And of course that the cassette, chain and cables are in good shape. Enjoy your ride.
Good advice. Also, make sure the tires are good. I think it's fair to say that the #1 mech. problem encountered on a tour is tire/wheel related.
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