As I am researching and soon to test ride several new 2010 touring bikes, I think back to my
beloved 1991 Schwinn Traveler, with the steel lugged frame. This bike was a JOY to ride, supper butter smooth and truely comfortable on long rides. Since, than I have yet to find a
bike that rides as nice as my old Traveler.
Im wondering if todays 2010 welded steel frames, like the Trek 520, Jamis Aurora, LHT, can
really come close to the road smoothness and build quality of the older lugged steel frames?
Its seems ALL the mainstream 2010 steel touring bike are now ALL made in Tiawan, which is
sad to me.
Are these Tiawan made frames up to the same standards of the 20 year old USA build
steel lugged frames, or are those days long gone and now we have to deal with lesser
By the way, let me introduce myself, as I am Michael from Mercer County NJ, looking to
buy my first steel touring bike!