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Anyone use a Fuji "Touring' for 50 or 100 mile joyrides?

Old 07-31-09, 06:57 PM
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Anyone use a Fuji "Touring' for 50 or 100 mile joyrides?

Anyone use a Fuji "Touring' for 50 or 100 mile joyrides? I tested one today and found it very very comfortable. I even got up on the peddles in the store and found that quite easy to do. While it is a steel (chromoly) frame I think, I didn't find it very heavy - not like my current old 10-speed bikes. I didn't ride it outside due to rain and I plan on going back.
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Old 07-31-09, 07:10 PM
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That's one of the main criteria I use when trying to select a bike - ease of getting up on the peddles.
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One of the trakemark features of touring bikes is their comfort. I mean, these bikes were designed on purpose to 1) be comfortable over a long haul, and 2) carry lots of stuff.

So yeah, why the heck not use a touring bike for 50-100mi rides?
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key word here: touring
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It is a touring bike. It is for riding long distances. However, I am hesitant to call 50-100 miles long distance.
I would rather ride a 50 or 100 mile ride on a racing bike. Get it over as quickly as possible.
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Sure. I just got rid of a Fuji touring bike with over 50k miles on it. In my opinion, this bike is good for commuting, centuries, double centuries, and rides with over 10k feet of climbing in one day. I have no idea if it's actually good for touring since I never tried
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I also looked at a Trek 1.5 at another store. It was lighter, nice looking, had holes for a trunk rack and was fairly comfortable as well. But the Fuji was even more comfortable. I can't even say why - it just felt more like a sneaker or a glove, you know?

50,000 miles and no touring!? Holy cr*p!

What are you riding now?

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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
50,000 miles and no touring!? Holy cr*p!

What are you riding now?
See my public profile. The touring bike was replaced by a custom steel rig that is lighter and more aero, but will still take panniers and fenders in winter. I just took delivery this week.
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Touring isn't just about long distances, it's also about carrying large loads - panniers front and rear; perhaps a tent, sleeping bag, and Thermarest on top of the rack. A touring bike is best for this application. It's also good for other applications but other bikes might be better. Touring bikes are usually a little heavy due to their rugged construction and longer wheelbases.

I have a Surly LHT (tourer) and a Specialized Allez (fast bike.) I love them both, but I only ride the LHT for touring and rides around home where I need to carry a load. I ride the Allez the rest of the time.

If you can only afford one bike and you think you might actually tour, a touring bike is a good idea. If you won't ever tour you would probably be better served by a different bike (like the 1.5).

Those are my opinions and all are easily assailable. I'm just sayin'.
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Rowan has a Fuji touring bicycle and has ridden it for short "joyrides", like 50-100 miles, and much longer "joyrides" as well. It's one of his main randonneuring bicycles.
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I'm going to check out the Trek 1.5 again too.

today was a pretty typical day. 55.5 miles round trip on a rail trail with a 3 hour stopover at a beach. I carried food; drink; clothes and towel. I rode my converted hybrid with racing saddle (specialized Avatar Gel), 35mm city slicks and drop bars.

computer STATs from the ride:
52.5 miles
3.5 hrs in the saddle
27.6 mph MAX speed
14.9 mph average speed

Does this ride info help steer me one way or the other?
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This BF. You are supposed to inflate each of your numbers.
So... 80 miles in 3.5 hrs. Good job.
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LOL!

Actually I don't know how long it takes after you stop before the computer stops counting time. I left my car at 8:07 am and returned at 3:30 pm. I didn't time all my stops; lunch break or exact time at the beach.

But yeah, 80 in 3.5 would be sweet! Maybe on that Trek 1.5 huh?
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