Old 01-21-11, 03:06 PM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Oh well 80's hardtail, pre suspension fork mountain bikes make great tour bikes,
.. change the components as needed

If money is a factor, it's hard to go wrong with an older hardtail mountain bike. Lots of people are touring on them, me included. I'm sure you would never regret buying an LHT or similar, but you will have to pay for it.

My brother gave me this Specialized Hard Rock MTB for Christmas in 1998. It was right at $300 new. I commuted on it and rode it recreationally for 10 years, then put roughly 3,000 miles on it touring loaded. Doing another tour on it this spring. No special components were necessary, except I eventually did upgrade the tires and seat, and added fenders. It's been rebuilt twice, but with standard components. The original front wheel is still on it (26", 36h). Chromoly frame, built like a brick ****house. Fell off my car at 65 mph twice (bike rack broke) and the frame is still straight.

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