Buying a new bike
I'm looking to start touring around europe and hopefully using about 50% wanderweg (basically gravel paths/tracks, but can be quite rough gravel) and 50% road.
I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations of bikes that would be good for this. My riding around home is probably about the same proportion of road and single track and I would like to be able to use the bike for this as well.
I have a budget of £1000/$1800 so anything under that would be fine.
Thanks in advance.
Based on your needs, it seems like you need a fairly stout bike that can handle wide tires.
If available in your area, the Surly Long Haul Trucker should work on rough roads and some non paved roads (not for mountain biking) and be within your budget.
There's a recent thread on UK touring bikes - do a search.
Originally Posted by Dheorl
Thorn (expensive but seem very good) have the Raven and the Sherpa which probably fit your budget and are designed for what you want. www.sjscycles.com
Orbit, Dawes, Endinburgh cycles, Orange, Roberts are some other UK labels to look for.
In Germany they all seem to be using flat-bar hybrids. Also popular in Australia (although MTBs also seem popular here).
With the US dollar the way it is, something like the Surly mentioned above might be a good buy. The 54cm takes tyres up to about 26x2.0 in. I think the 700c versions go up to about 45mm.
Also have a look at the Cannondale MTB-style tourer (T2?). It is a very rugged bike (although the aluminium means bolts can strip if you're not careful tightening them).
After trying out a few bikes I think I've decided I want flat bars so probably a hybrid. Anyone know of any good ones which will be able to handle single track (no drops or bashing though) whilst still being fast and nimble on the road?