Update August 16: Hey all, we bought our bikes! Settled on the Jamis Aurora, which we have loved so far after some fun 50 mile rides. We also bought our camping gear, but we've gotten stuck trying to figure out what to do as far as actually carrying the gear goes. We've been reading about tons of different front and rear racks, but the price range is enormous, and we are trying to determine what is actually necessary and what is luxury. Our very rough idea is to try to distribute the weight evenly between front and back, which seems to necessitate buying an expensive front rack. Then again, we've seen photos of loaded tours where no front panniers were used at all. Any tips on what we might need as racks go, and how we should split the load? Thanks for the help, as always.
Hey all, sorry to bump an old thread, but we've found what we think is a nice deal on the 2009 Jamais Aurora, $700 shipped. We were going to pull the trigger, but we read mixed reviews. Some stellar reviews, some that went as far as to suggest the bike would be unsafe for touring. Any advice? Could you reasonably cross the country on this bike? I see at least one person who responded to this thread seems to think so.
My brother and I have begun to plan a rather ambitious cross country trip (across the US) that would begin approximately one year from now and are in need of advice. Neither of us has ever done a trip of this magnitude, and we're unsure of what kind of bikes we should ride, what supplies we'll need, etc. Any and all advice would be very much appreciated!
We're currently shopping for bikes (since ours were stolen out of our garage...), but it's easy to get lost among thousands of bikes there are out there. What are some of the best bicycles for *long* distance touring.
Thanks a ton,
Roberto and Davide