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Old 11-29-04, 01:55 PM   #1
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More Touring Bike Questions...

Hello...

In the short time I have been here, I have heard many things about the Schwinn Voyager being a great touring bike. So, I decided to take a look, where else, on eBay. I don't want to spend $1000's on a new bike, and I think a older one with a few new parts would suit my needs just fine. Can anyone tell me if these bikes are a good deal/good bike for a cross-country tour?

Schwinn Voyager 27"
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...e=STRK:MEWA:IT

Schwinn Voyager
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...e=STRK:MEWA:IT

Specialized Expedition
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...e=STRK:MEWA:IT

And in case it matters, I am 6 feet tall and weigh 145.

Thanks,
Charlie
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Old 11-29-04, 06:15 PM   #2
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Hello...

In the short time I have been here, I have heard many things about the Schwinn Voyager being a great touring bike. So, I decided to take a look, where else, on eBay. I don't want to spend $1000's on a new bike, and I think a older one with a few new parts would suit my needs just fine. Can anyone tell me if these bikes are a good deal/good bike for a cross-country tour?

Schwinn Voyager 27"
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...e=STRK:MEWA:IT

Schwinn Voyager
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...e=STRK:MEWA:IT

Specialized Expedition
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...e=STRK:MEWA:IT

And in case it matters, I am 6 feet tall and weigh 145.

Thanks,
Charlie
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.

Keep us posted
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I suspect you'll find the Voyager frames very flexy.
The Specialized is a nice touring bike. It does have a short
top tube, are you pretty sure it will fit? IMHO, look for a used Cannondale touring bike. It will have a T. Like t800 or T1000.
The old steel frames in that large size with a load will be very flexy. Wouldn't be fun.
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GeorgerinNH,
A great touring bike isn't that great if it doesn't fit properly. One suggestion is to stop by a local bike shop and test fit yourself on a couple of bikes. It's like test driving a car only a lot more fun! Once you know the size and feel that works for you, finding a bike you like will be easier. Yes, older steel bikes need extra TLC. I have a couple and I do tweak them quite often. I prefer steel over aluminum, but test ride both. It's important for you to know what works for you. You will have more fun on the bike you decide on. It will become your best friend for the right reasons. Good luck in your search! And by all means...have fun searching!
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