Mad bike riding scientist
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Denver, CO
Bikes: Some silver ones, a black one, a red one, an orange one and a couple of titanium ones
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Any one of the bikes above could be used for touring and the prices look okay. I would say that the bikes you are looking at are that the edge of fitting you. The Voyagers were okay bikes in their day but I believe there are better bikes of that same vintage out there. The Specialized is a good bike but it is big for you unless you have long legs and the other two seem small. You might feel cramped on them. Here are a couple of things to consider:
1: Old bikes require a lot of new stuff to keep them running. I have several old bikes and I swap parts on a regular basis but all things considered, I'd rather have a new bike to start with since the parts work together well from the start.
2: You don't know the history of the bike nor can you ride it off of E-bay. If it doesn't fit you can't send it back. If the frame is broken or cracked you sunk also.
3: There are a lot of new bikes out there that you haven't considered that may be in your price range. Go to http://touring.anymouse.org/
and look at a bunch. This time of year you may be able to find a new bike for a lot less then you expected. Remember these are going to last a very long time so if you spend $500 plus for a bike that last 20 years you've only payed $25 per year to ride it. Pretty cheap in the long run.
4: Look at the Cannodale touring bikes on E-bay. The models you want to look at are the T-series (T600,T700, T800, T2000). I bought a T800 last year and it's one of the best bikes I have ever had. Another line you might look at is the Miyata 1000 and/or the Miyata 610's. I've had a 610 for over 20 years and it is a great touring bike. Look for Fuji touring and don't forget the Trek touring bikes. All of these are as good or better than the Schwinns.
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