Old 07-05-13, 01:32 PM
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Look for the essential braze-ons for attaching bottle cages (at least 2 if not 3 sets), racks (some place below the saddle), fenders (near the axles of both wheels).
It will be nice to have 2 braz-ons on the fork for a lowrider front rack. Some bikes also have a third set of bottle cage mounts on the downtube on the front side.
Avoid suspension - front and rear for touring. Look for as much clearance as possible between the seat tube and the rear wheel. It will allow to install a fender and longer chainstays will insure heel clearance from the rear panniers. Most road bikes don't have adequate clearance.
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