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Old 12-17-14, 06:44 PM
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Suggestions for my next bike...

Hello there,

Let me preface this by saying that I still need to sell one of my other bikes before I get another, and I'm still really green when it comes to that stuff.

Last summer I bought an 82 Voyageur SP that I brought back to life and have enjoyed very much despite being a couple () inches too big for me.

I've recently decided though, that I'd like to get going on another bike that would maybe fit me a bit better. However, there are soooo many bikes out there to choose from. I'm liking the looks of a more upright 'Cafe' style bike with flat bars or trekking bars, but would like something a bit more sporty than a plain jane hybrid if that make sense.

Since I bought my Voyageur, I've been looking at some of the High Sierra's other people have restored and like the looks.

This would be a road only bike (probably) and would likely only ever do day trips or overnighters.

To be completely honest, I'd love to get a frame and build from there, but I'm not sure if skill/knowledge wise I'm there yet. I can build wheels, but my back ground is unicycles, and I know little about bottom brackets, frame widths, drive train, etc. All of the components on my Voyageur were easy to wrap my head around, but starting from scratch is intimidating.

I'm just not sure what direction to go and wondering if you've got some suggestions or advice.

Thanks.
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Old 12-18-14, 05:58 AM
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Your next bike will be the one that comes along and interests you. Looking for a special brand is, usually, not rewarding and, often times, expensive. So...

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Old 12-18-14, 06:26 AM
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For day trips and overnighters, but road only?

Lot's of bikes in that range, from a focus on hauling arse to hauling stuff.

My recommendation, based on supply, price, value, and versatility:
Centurion Lemans or Lemans RS, newer the better, but the '84 with friction Suntour was a gem.
Lotus Classique
Trek Elance series, 400 or 300

There are dozens of others, literally. Best of luck to you.
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