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Old 05-27-09, 07:31 AM   #1
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Long wheelbase bikes for touring

hi, this is my first post here been bitten by the touring bug ans is planning on doing one soon.
i have a silly question.
How practical are the long wheelbase bikes (e.g. kona ute or surly big dummy) for touring?
i am interested in their bigger load carrying capacity.... but wonder if climbing and maintainence will be an issue.

thanks
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Old 05-27-09, 08:03 AM   #2
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I haven't tried it. That said, I don't see why climbing would be an issue, provided the bike has appropriate gearing. Maintenance issues should be the same regardless the type of bike, so I wouldn't worry about that either.

Long wheelbase bikes tend to be very comfortable, which is a big plus.

On the down side, they would also tend to be heavier. Also, the longer frame would mean more trouble and expense if your tour involves shipping the bike.
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Also look at the Salsa Fargo. It's not an Xtracycle, but it's a beefy touring bike.
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hi, this is my first post here been bitten by the touring bug ans is planning on doing one soon.
i have a silly question.
How practical are the long wheelbase bikes (e.g. kona ute or surly big dummy) for touring?
i am interested in their bigger load carrying capacity.... but wonder if climbing and maintainence will be an issue.

thanks
What are you planning on carrying that needs such a bike?

Riding is easier with less stuff to carry.
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Old 05-27-09, 05:58 PM   #5
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There is a thread on this topic in the Utility forum atm.

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