My name is Jhessye and I am looking for a touring/mountain bike for a tour through Latin America. I expect to be on the bike for 6 months to attend the World Cup in Brazil. The bike specs I am looking for a simple, yet rugged like bicycle is:
1) Steel Frame
2) 49 cm to 51 cm
3) 21 speeds or more Long Chain Stays
4) Cantivelier or V Brakes
5) 26 inch rims
I actually have a questions for the 26 inch rims. There is this bike called a Lotus Touring bike I found on Ebay that may fit me.
I am wondering if this bike would do it. My concern is that it has 700c. Can I switch to 26 inch rims? Or do I need to? Thank you guys so much for teaching a novice. Cheers!