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Old 09-13-18, 07:31 AM
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Touring bike

Stupid question, and I think my research has led me to the answer, but others non- biased opinion would be welcome.
I have gotten back into biking in a major way this last summer, on my Mountain bike could use up grading and was going to buy a new one but road riding/ touring has intrigued me,so upgrade on mountain bike may be put off.
Next fall I want to do small tour, could be my only one ever, are touring bikes good entry point to road riding either way, just looking to have some fun and get into shape...if I fall in love with one or other I will have no problem upgrading in future.....

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Originally Posted by OSbiker
...my Mountain bike could use up grading and was going to buy a new one but road riding/ touring has intrigued me,so upgrade on mountain bike may be put off....

1. maybe include the make/model of mountain bike, plus age and condition.

2. what upgrades are you thinking of?

3. have you considered touring on your mtb?
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Well...

Most touring bikes are road bikes. They're typically* a bit heavier (and more reliable) than other road bikes, with generally more upright riding position and slacker angles to help soak up road shock. So a touring bike is a way to get into road biking -- and some people never go further.

But if you're just thinking about a short, one-time trip to dip your toes into the road/touring water, a few modifications to your MTB would be simple and cheap. Get some way to carry a load (racks and panniers, or frame bags), and get some slick tires. Go tour

If you like touring and/or road riding after that first experience, then it may be time to jump in further.

*These generalizations are not universal, and all are wrong in some instances.
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Nothing to add, until OP replies with details..

Other than Say; you can tour on many kinds of bikes, many others do..
touring is the activity..





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Welcome to the forum and to the joys of cycling. Touring bikes can be a great way to get into a road bike, but if you anticipate getting into more sporty kind of riding, you may find the average touring bike a bit cumbersome. If you don't think you will get into sporty kind of road riding then a touring bike would be a great way to start. It is possible that your mountain bike could make a good touring platform. I'd go that route before I'd buy a dedicated touring bike for what may be a single small tour. Go to your bike shop and demo a few bikes to see what they feel like.
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Thanks for replies, really thinking about it should rephrase question....
Really looking for a entry level road bike, with possibly doing some tours, will a trek 520( or similar) make me happy on a 30-50 mile road ride unloaded on Saturday morning around town...at least for a year or two.
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Originally Posted by OSbiker
Thanks for replies, really thinking about it should rephrase question....
Really looking for a entry level road bike, with possibly doing some tours, will a trek 520( or similar) make me happy on a 30-50 mile road ride unloaded on Saturday morning around town...at least for a year or two.
A friend of mine had an Aluminum frame road bike but did not like how stiff it was. He got a Trek 520 and really liked the feel of a steel frame instead. He often rode many tens of miles per ride.

If you do the longer rides like 30 to 50, you might also appreciate fenders on the bike and touring bikes usually have better fender clearance than road bikes. Also the lower gearing of a touring bike will make the hills more pleasant to climb when you have already ridden several tens of miles that day.
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Originally Posted by Tourist in MSN
A friend of mine had an Aluminum frame road bike but did not like how stiff it was. He got a Trek 520 and really liked the feel of a steel frame instead. He often rode many tens of miles per ride.

If you do the longer rides like 30 to 50, you might also appreciate fenders on the bike and touring bikes usually have better fender clearance than road bikes. Also the lower gearing of a touring bike will make the hills more pleasant to climb when you have already ridden several tens of miles that day.
Thanks I wanted to hear it from someone unbiased.....
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Originally Posted by OSbiker
Stupid question, and I think my research has led me to the answer, but others non- biased opinion would be welcome.
I have gotten back into biking in a major way this last summer, on my Mountain bike could use up grading and was going to buy a new one but road riding/ touring has intrigued me,so upgrade on mountain bike may be put off.
Next fall I want to do small tour, could be my only one ever, are touring bikes good entry point to road riding either way, just looking to have some fun and get into shape...if I fall in love with one or other I will have no problem upgrading in future.....

How about a cyclo-cross (CX) bike? CX bikes have become popular in past few years for everything from commuting to fitness-rides to touring. They often allow fairly wide tires & can include eyelets for racks/fenders. Available in all different tubing materials depending on budget etc. Steel often has a smoother ride than aluminum but a light alu frame might be more fun when most of riding is shorter non-touring rides.
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The most important thing for your new bike, no matter which style or price range: Is it comfortable? You will be sitting on it all day long, so forget brand, trends and color schemes. If you can sit on it for hours comfortably, then you have found your bike
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Originally Posted by OSbiker
Thanks for replies, really thinking about it should rephrase question....
Really looking for a entry level road bike, with possibly doing some tours, will a trek 520( or similar) make me happy on a 30-50 mile road ride unloaded on Saturday morning around town...at least for a year or two.
Yes, an unequivocal yes.
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Will the 520 work as a daily rider as well as a dedicated touring bike? Yes.

My daily rider is a cyclo cross bike. It will run tires from 25c to 35c and fenders, too! Goes as fast as I can go and I find no difference in speed between it and my old race bike. On group rides I cruise along nicely with others, never feeling at a disadvantage. A fella I raced with years ago used a Fuji Touring Series V to start out on. He was fast enough to stick with the group and pull the load. The 520 will be a good jack of all trades machine.
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I just found a used gravel bike with disk brakes to replace my old touring bike. Lots of room for larger tires (came with 38c) and fenders, easy rack mounting, disk brakes. MTB friends see them on non-technical trails. It has just become my daily rider.
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A full on touring bike like the 520 is like a big comfy sedan of the bike world. If you like to go for relaxing Sunday drives, itís a good way to go. If you want something thatís kinda fun to drive, you donít want a big comfy sedan. If you want something a little more sporty and fun, but will still handle a road trip fine, a cyclocross or something similar might be the way to go. Keep some ~28c tires on it most of the time and swap on some 35c for touring.
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