Old 07-06-10, 02:44 AM
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The other option is to wait until you travel to Turkey and make a detour into Europe (England or Germany) and buy then. Trekking bikes over there are, from my understanding, the sort of bike you are looking for and represent much better value than buying anything in North America. Trekking is the description used for touring and their favoured set-up is MTB-based.

The Europeans have been touring for a long, long time, and the set-up you describe is pretty normal for them.

This approach would probably save you travel hassles, at least on the way out, and you would have something to behold when you return to North America.

You'll have to do your own web search on brands and such. But places like Decathlon (French based but with an outlet in England) would probably have something.
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