Old 01-04-15, 05:33 PM
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If you do decide to keep the mtb, you'll want to think about trekking bars. They're easy to put on because you're existing brake levers and shifters will work. They give you extra hand positions and will be very useful for a long day in the saddle.

Used touring bikes are tough to find and they tend to command a premium.

An old school mtb can work very well as a touring bike as it has a longer wheelbase. This bike might do you just fine:

Diamond Back Apex 18-speed mountain bike.

That's a nice bike and will be easy to mod for touring. Plus I'll bet it has at least a 41 inch wheelbase by the looks of it which will be a big advantage with panniers (longer chainstays help); and it has eyelets. You can add drops to it as well if you like or go with a trekking bar.

I set up a vintage mtb from that era for touring (also with u-brakes); it's a tough bike with nice long chain stays.

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