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Old 05-06-14, 12:05 PM
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LBS's and Touring Bikes

I live in a pretty big city with numerous LBS's but the issue I am having is that not many stock touring bikes..

I am in the market for one and I assume I will need a 58cm since that's what my road bike is..

I am trying to decide between the Surly LHT, the Trek 520 and the Fuji touring bike..

One LBS is a Trek dealer and they have no 520's in stock. A different LBS is a Surly dealer and they have a LHT but it's a 54cm with 26" wheels. There is no Fuji dealer other than a local Sports Chalet and they have zero in stock..

Does everyone encounter this when looking for and buying a touring bike?

The general rule of thumb as you all know is test ride all the bikes and find the one that feels the best.. This is probably even more important with a touring bike but it is impossible to do when LBS's do not stock them..

Thoughts, tips, tricks, suggestions?
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