Looking for a new bike - recommendations appreciated!
Hi all - my first post here
I'm looking for a new bike with the following requirements:
- Suitable for tours in the region of 500 - 1,000 km.
- Light enough to be used for short rides (from 10 km to day rides) without being cumbersome.
- Capable off-road on paths and trails.
- In the region of £1,000 (1,600 USD).
- Decent groupset.
I haven't found anything suitable so far. I've been riding a Ridgeback Voyage touring bike
, which would serve me well on tours, and is comfortable on-road, but at 13.6 kg unloaded it's way too heavy and not comfortable on trails.
I've also been riding a 2003 Marin Mill Valley hybrid bike (specs
), which is a nice light hybrid (just under 10kg), but the problem with these hybrids is they don't have the appropriate mounts and gear for tours.
So ideally I'm looking for a hybrid with the facility for touring gear, or a tourer which is light when unloaded and capable on trails. Or perhaps a cyclo-cross with touring gear?
Note that I haven't ridden for a few years, but used to do a lot of DH mountain biking, so out of the two, hybrids feel much more natural to me. However, I've found the Ridgeback tourer to be comfortable too so a tourer is still an option.
Thanks in advance for any advice!