In the beginning of my education of bicycles I would hear things like, "Single Speed and Fixed Gear Bicyclesa are just a fad - they don't make many of those frames." What a lie! I finally got a quality Fixed Gear but the choices are staggering!
The same thing is going through my mind with Touring Bicycles. I've been told that there aren't many touring bicycles made. BS!! I am looking at 5-6 different brands out of probably 15. Basically next summer I want to do some very long tours and need a durable touring bike. Can anyone shed some light on these brands:
Robert Beckman Design - From what I gather - this is the ultimate touring bicycle ever made and unimprovable by man or god. The only major negative is that they are custom frames and may take a long time to obtain (getting a finished bike in 2006).
Co-Motion Americano - Looks decent and comes in a wide range of sizes so custom fitting is not a necessity. My LBS is also a dealer.
Waterford Adventure Cycle - Looks like a good touring bicycle but doesn't appear to have all the doo dads that the RBD or CMA have. It does come in a wide range of sizes w/ custom geometry should I decide on it. My LBS can also get these.
Any comments would be appreciated!