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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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by botak View Post
    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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    There is a thread on this topic in the Utility forum atm.

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