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Old 09-04-08, 05:52 PM   #1
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Touring Bike with Straight Handlebar

I have a budget of $1000 for a touring bike. I just can't ride with any form of drop handlebar so that limits my choices off the shelf and I'm not sure how swapping 'drop' for 'straight' would work out.

Any suggestions for how I should approach this. For example, could I purchase the Volpe and just switch the handlebars?
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- Touring-style hybrid eg. Jamis coda, Shogun metro (esp. 2nd hand with steel frame, can then upgrade components), Specialised Crossroads, or similar.

- MTB-style tourer eg. Koga world traveller, Cannondale T2
(or old MTB and upgrade)

- Surly LHT with flat bar build

- Thorn Raven tour (oops, out of your budget; maybe the Sherpa)

Not sure why it limits your choices. Flat-bar tourers (ie. hybrid-style, with MTB drivetrain and medium-width tyres, rather than flat bar road style with road drivetrain and narrow clearances) are a lot easier to find than drop-bar tourers.
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Get a flat bar "tour" bike and swap to the trekking bars. Like the ones on this tour bike I am building up an expedition type bike on an old Giant Iguana MTB and that is what I am using. Old age is taking it's toll and drop bars are no longer comfortable to me. You might be able to buy a drop bar bike and swap out the stem for an adjustable and the different bars.

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Also, a Novara Safari has trekking style bars - don't know if that would fit your definition of "flat" but they're definitely not drop bars.
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Titec H-bars may also work and give you a few different hand positions.
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Thank you for the leads. This does expand my possibilities more than I thought.
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Thank you for the leads. This does expand my possibilities more than I thought.
Also look at Cannondale Road Warrior 4. It's a similar geometry to the touring bike (may even be a touring bike frame) with flat bars. The other Road Warriors have carbon forks but this one even has lowrider mounts. Not the best spec but things can be changed over time

Specialized Sirrus and Globe are also good flat bar touring bike candidates. And at $590 and $550, respectively, you can upgrade a lot and stay within your budget.
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I have a budget of $1000 for a touring bike. I just can't ride with any form of drop handlebar so that limits my choices off the shelf and I'm not sure how swapping 'drop' for 'straight' would work out.

Any suggestions for how I should approach this. For example, could I purchase the Volpe and just switch the handlebars?
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Here's one I did earlier.

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Touring Bike

In June I bought a Trek 7500. It was around $800 and I couldn't be happier. The only problem with it is all the extras that I need to add to make it a Touring Hybrid. Fenders, lights, racks, (now a) trekking bar, and I would like to get a Brooks saddle. Some of that is optional, but i really do love the bike. It's great on the road, and the KATY trail which is nearby.
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