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Old 10-20-08, 01:42 PM   #1
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I haven't bothered anyone on this forum,yet quest for the perfect commuting bike continues.
I have thought about using a touring bike.

Why, you might ask?

Durability and stability........fenders and racks.........wide tires and winter studded tires

So, if you have seen other posts you know that I am thinking about a ss bike and have been considering cyclocross bikes-durability and wide tires........I want a cromoly frame.

My LBS has a Fuji touring bike and this one has rear horizontal drops.......

My questions:
1. Any other touring bikes with horizontal rear drops?
2. what are the widest tires touring bikes can use? I am thinking about 35-38 with studs for the wintuh, ayuh, yessuh, heya in Maine.
3. has anyone converted a touring bike to a ss?
4. Have always wanted to do some more bike touring-who knows could always start..........

That's it for now.

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Old 10-20-08, 02:29 PM   #2
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1) Most bikes over 10 years old, including my Miyata tourers, have horizontal drops. They work great.

2) Yes, you can fit 35mm + fenders on some dedicated tourers, the LHT included.

3) I'm sure they have. I wouldn't do it though. Gears are more versatile and with almost no trade off.

4) not a question

good luck
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The Surly Cross Check has horizontal drop outs, is cro moly and can be fit with racks and wide tires.
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