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Originally Posted by Thulsadoom View Post
I don't own one, myself, but if I had to buy a touring bike right now I'd opt for the Windsor Tourist from Bikesdirect.

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/windsor/tourist.htm

It's a heck of a deal for the money. You could buy the Tourist and buy some high dollar touring wheels with the savings. Then sell the stock wheels on Ebay.

The way I understand it, the Windsor Tourist has the same frame, from the same manufacturer, as the Fuji Tour.
We rode three of them coast to coast and they worked out well. The stock gearing is too high, but it was easy to put a Sugino XD 600 ($80) crank on them. If the budget is tight or you are just frugal and you don't need too much support from the LBS they are a good way to go.
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