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Old 09-26-10, 08:34 PM
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Newbie Planning a tour from Salt lake city to Moab, UTAH and back!

Hey there bike lovers!

I am planning to bike from salt lake city to Moab and as contemporarily I am a nubile to bike touring I need your insights, firstly in getting the best bike I can get within my budget.

I can spend around $1000 on the bike excluded the saddle, panniers and light but rest all included in the budget. As far as I have "read", I have kept in mind

trek 520
REI (Novara Randonee) [IS OUT OF STOCK]
surly LHT [But I've no idea how to build a bike around the frame]

I've never owned a touring bike before and I will greatly appreciate you guys sharing your experiences!
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You can get a Surly LHT Complete for just over $1000. I wouldn't recommend trying to build up a frame, it usually is more money than buying a whole bike.

Get whichever one fits you. Try to test ride a couple. If you can't do that, at least get the one with the top tube that fits you, based on your current bike or a bike shop fitting.
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I ride a 10 year old raleigh M-45 mountain bike that i bought used. I replaced the wide tyres with thin ones for road purpose.
I'll be test riding a few bikes at a local bike shop tomorrow and will also figure out a bike fitting for me there, any suggestions on what all bikes to test ride?
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Originally Posted by Hit
I ride a 10 year old raleigh M-45 mountain bike that i bought used. I replaced the wide tyres with thin ones for road purpose.
I'll be test riding a few bikes at a local bike shop tomorrow and will also figure out a bike fitting for me there, any suggestions on what all bikes to test ride?
Is your bike in good condition? Does it fit you? Can you carry gear on it? If not, can you add a rack or trailer? How many miles do you normally ride?

You might not need a new bike. A touring bike is whatever you tour on.

 
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Yeah, test ride the ones you mentioned!
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I have a little curved back when i ride on my current bike but if I change it to a drop handlebar I might be able to get more comfortable ( as compared to the indoor spin bike I usually ride). I am sure that I would need the gears and shifters to get looked at and probably changed as they usually "slip" a lot while switching.
I thought of getting a rack so that I can set up panniers on it until I saw your trailer. How's your experience been with the trailer so far?

I usually ride around 20 miles every second day and sometimes on a weekend I do 60 miles a day

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Is your bike in good condition? Does it fit you? Can you carry gear on it? If not, can you add a rack or trailer? How many miles do you normally ride?

You might not need a new bike. A touring bike is whatever you tour on.

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