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Old 02-06-09, 11:51 AM
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Looking for A Good Touring Bike

I'm looking for a good tourning bike with low enough gears to get over some Colorado Mts this summer
and just peaked at a Trek and Long Haul Tourer (which gears look wierd to me) but if anyone is interested in selling a good bike, let me know.

I'm 5'8" with a 30 in inseam.

I'm in CA on biz, I stopped into a flakey bike store and of course the guy didn't have any tourning bikes so he suggested a tri-cross which I know nothing about but it sounded strange to me. All the guy said is, it almost has a 1x1 ratio but nothing specific....is he crazy or am I?

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Old 02-06-09, 12:31 PM
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John,

If you do a search you will find tons of information on touring bikes. You don't mention if your credit card touring or full loaded touring. Either way...... do some searching and then narrow it down and then try like H%$L to test ride all the ones that interest you.

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When you test ride, load up the bike with panniers filled with weight (sand bags, etc.) so you get to feel the real ride of the bike when it's loaded. By doing this you will also be able to check your heel clearance from the rear bags.
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I bought a Specialized Tri-Cross Sport for touring and it is great. It has all the eyelets I need for front and rear racks and panniers. It has drop handlebars, but is very comfortable to ride, has a triple crank with great gearing for hills and 32 mm tires. It is all I could ask for a touring bike. My husband got one, too, and he is quite pleased with the way it rides.

http://wheelworld.com/itemdetails.cfm?ID=4724#reviews
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Hi...thanks for the tip on tri cross, I think I'm getting a Surley Long Haul Trucker from a guy in MN who's my height and weight, for $700.00 as he needs the $$$. I just think the gear shifs are wierd but lots of people get used to them so I guess I will too....

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You mean the bar-end shifters? You'll get used to that in about an hour. Seriously.

Enjoy your new bike and your tours!

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You mean the bar-end shifters? You'll get used to that in about an hour. Seriously.
+1. My bike originally had STI shifters, after they wore out I replaced them with bar-ends; I now love their simplicity and reliability. Unless you race, where every little advantage matters, I don't like STI shifters - they're more complicated and difficult to maintain/repair. When I had them it seemed like I had to adjust the cables and derailleur settings about monthly. With bar-ends I haven't had to adjust anything on my drive-train in months

I'm curious... What size LHT did you get? My only minor gripe with that bike is that sizes 54cm and smaller have 26" and smaller (I fit about a 55cm frame, so I guess I could ride either the 54 or 56 LHT, but I'm closer to the 54). I understand why they Surly makes the bike that way - 26" wheels are more stable and create more clearance for smaller riders - but they're noticeably less efficient than 700c wheels).
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hope your bike fits. and that you don't figure out that it doesn't in the middle of the rockies.
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I will be spending every 3rd night in motel, something along those lines
but will be carrying camping gear.

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I'm still looking for a bike did not get a LHT or anything else yet....still want to buy something almost new would be great...

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Go to REI and test ride a Randonee.
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This might be a hair too small for you, but maybe not

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sgv...031810967.html


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I'm still looking for a bike did not get a LHT or anything else yet....still want to buy something almost new would be great...

Best,
John
could you be specific on how much weight you're carrying?



The tri-cross isn't a strange suggestion if you're thinking of carrying light loads. Touring doesn't have to mean 50lbs of gear and riding at 5mph uphill.
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