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    Looking to transition into first touring bike..need advice

    Hello all,

    I just discovered this GREAT site and just registered today.....

    As I approach, 48 years old, I am looking to transition over to a new touring bike. I have been
    riding the Jamis Ventura Race, which is more of a fitness aluminum bike, and now I want a bit
    more comfortable pleasant ride.

    Im considering the new 2010 models like the Trek 520, Jamis Aroura Elite or Surly LHT.

    Which of three 3 bikes has the more comfortable, forgiving and pleasant ride quality? I will
    not be loading the bike, just stock, for now.

    Also, are all 2010 touring bikes all now made in Taiwan? Will build quality be the same as
    a USA built bike of the past? Im just wondering if today's touring bikes are no longer the
    same quality as just a few years back?

    I am in Princeton NJ and wondering the best place to start my search and test rides
    I would appreciate your advice!

    Michael

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    I believe the Bruce Gordon BLT is built in the US

    http://www.bgcycles.com/blt.html

    as far as the other stuff I'm guessing most people will tell you to hit the local bike shop and try them out. From what I've read the LHT isn't the best ride when its not loaded.

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    Any of those bikes your are looking at will be fine.Only you can say wich one will ride best for you.
    I think those bikes made in Taiwan are still good bikes.
    There are still touring bikes made in the US,Bruce Gordon,Co-motion and I think Waterford and Independent Fabrications are made in the US.Those can be costly trhough.
    There are other bikes not built in Taiwan that you could also look at,such as Thorn.

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    I tour on a Waterford Adventurecycle. It is a fabulous touring bike.
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    If it makes any difference, I have a Waterford AdventureCycle (T1900 and made in the USA) and it is a fabulous touring bike!

    Even though it is pricey, I'd buy another one if something happened to the one I have.

    Ray
    Visit the on-line Bike Touring Archive at www.biketouringtips.com

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