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Originally Posted by regulators
Didn't realize the difference.
No problem. And please come back to the touring forum.
Touring is typically the loaded touring (with camping gear), but also lighterweight credit-card touring where you stay in motels and eat in restaurants. But it usually implies staying overnight somewhere, and not being in a big rush to get somewhere. You're out there for the scenery and to meet people as you travel.
The long distance forum tends more towards those who ride centuries and longer, many who ride "brevets" of 200, 300, 400, 600, and 1200 kilometers, pretty much all in one ride with a few breaks. Many of these rides of course go into the night and even over several consecutive days. But here, too, there is a lot of discussion about the single-day rides, from a metric century and up.
I started out mostly in the road cycling forum, then spent more time in the long distance forum after joining some friends on some brevets, and now spend more time in the touring and commuting forums as I've begun commuting to work and am trying to plan my first real loaded tour.