Old 07-06-13, 10:52 PM
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Bikes: Old steel GT's, for touring and commuting

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What to look for in a used bike for touring?
I look for old mountain bikes, like very early 90's or even better late 80's. These have longer chainstays and virtually the same geometry as modern touring bikes, as well as gearing appropriate for loaded touring. Like this Bridgestone MB-3 on PDX CL:

See all that space between the seat tube and rear tire? = long chainstays. Better handling loaded, and reduces the likelihood of heelstrike on your rear panniers.

Other than that, I'm looking for eyelets at the forks for mounting fenders and racks. Any other eyelets or mounting points are a bonus, there are work-arounds if those are missing.

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