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Buying a bike for my first long tour

Old 04-29-05, 04:55 AM
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Buying a bike for my first long tour

Hi, everyone! This is my first post to these forums, though I'm a long-time lurker. I'm an American studying in Dublin this year, and for five months I've been training for my first long cycle tour, from Rome to Dublin, including the circumference of England/Scotland. Disaster struck when my beloved Specialized Crossroads hybrid bike got stolen this week (on campus, no less! If it's not safe there, where the heck *is* it safe?). I need to replace my bike quickly, as we're leaving in a month and I can't afford to lose too much training.

I'm looking at a Mercurio at the local campus bike shop, which I really really like. I found its equivalent on eBay, so here's the page with all the specs: https://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...01850&tc=photo

Is this a good bike? I've never heard of Mercurio, so I wanted to get a second (okay, fourth) opinion before I shell out hundreds more euros.
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Old 04-29-05, 05:21 AM
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For touring you need threaded eyelets for a luggage rack and mudguards, and space for wider tyres. That looks too racy for touring.
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the guy has outfitted the bike for me with front and rear panniers and a rear rack, and also mudguards, so those aren't a problem. the tires are what i'm worried out. he says he can put touring tires on it for me, and we're not doing any off-roading, so i think it'll be okay. however, i'm just not sure, and i'm used to training on a hybrid with mountain tires.
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A lot of roadies do long summer tours using 25mm tyres (with v lightweight luggage).

The ideal size for lightweight road touring is probably 28mm, wide enough for comfort and reliability, high enough pressure for efficiency. Fat, knobbly hybrid tyres really suck on a long tour.
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...sorry about the loss of your bike.

A few thoughts...

How's the gearing? Based on the example you provided, it appears as if the gearing might be a bit too high for long distance touring. Can it be lowered if needed...without too much difficulty?

How strong is the wheelset? How many spokes? Is the rim designed to REALLY accept touring capable tires?

Are you comfortable on this bike? The photo suggests that the riding position could be much different than that of your hybrid. Many tourists prefer a relaxed, upright riding style.
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