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Old 06-13-12, 03:22 PM
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First road bike -- one (probably small) question

Hello every one! I'm 22 years old and am cycling over 2000km every year over the last 7 years (with a nice Wheeler 3900 i got for a birthday over ten years ago). I finally decided to get a new bike and now I have one question; is it wise to buy a bike like the GIANT DEFY (1 or 2) or the TREK 2.1 (I might get a good price for last years model) to do some Touring 2-3 times every year? I checked, and it is possible to mount a Rack (https://www.bontrager.com/model/08214) but how much in weight would you put on it (my weight is just below 170 pounds). I'm looking forward for suggestions!
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tgustaf, Not that they can't be used for light weight or credit card touring, they're not quite touring bikes. I doubt that you could mount very large panniers on a rear rack.

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Regarding those bikes... If you are willing to pack fairly lightly they would work great. If you are willing to pack very lightly they may be better than a regular touring bike.

The Axiom Streamliner is another rack that might suit your needs. I really like mine, it is narrow, which I consider a plus. It is also light, sturdy, and reasonably priced.
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You can do ultralight style touring on these bikes. They are pretty good for hostel/motel/credit card style.
The chainstays are short for a tourer. This means that the rear axle is close to the pedals: good for agility but if you stick a load beyond the rear axle the bike can tip backwards, the steering gets light and it takes a lot more concentration to ride.
Proper touring bikes like the Trek 520/Surley LHT behave much better under load but not as agile or light for everyday use.
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Originally Posted by MichaelW
You can do ultralight style touring on these bikes. They are pretty good for hostel/motel/credit card style.
I absolutely love this website! Thank you verry much MichaelW! I checked for real Touring bikes, especially the Legato Opus and the Trek 520 but those are not responsive enough for what I want to do most of the time. Thanks again! I hope I will learn much more on these Forums!
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I finally bought (last years) Trek 2.1 I talked about! I had a lot of fun pedaling back from the bike shop, a trip of 28km I managed to do in less than an hour.
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