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Old 06-27-13, 03:21 AM
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Touring bike in Barcelona?..

Hey everyone!

Total noob here looking to purchase a touring bike in Barcelona. Which will be my first bike tour.


I haven't decided my route completely yet, but basically I want to bike around Spain and other parts of Europe with my main objective being to find as much rock climbing as I can along the way. I will leave from Barcelona when the time comes.

I've never been to Europe, this is my first time and currently I'm at a friends house about 40 minutes south (by car) of Barcelona.


Any day now ill begin my trip and after much searching, I'm still having a hard time finding a store with a touring bike that fits my needs? One that speaks English would be a massive benefit.

At first I thought of a road bike but after considering many climbing and hiking routes start off less than perfect roads I figured I'd like something a bit more solid on dirt roads and such.

My budget is about 1200$ with all the baggage included.. I have a 45L backpack that currently holds all my things and I think if I should figure out a way to attach this to the bike rather than investing in unneeded panniers..

What should I get? What stores should I check out? How tall should the bike be, I am about 6feet tall..

Thanks!!!
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Old 06-29-13, 03:48 AM
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Hi,

I'm from Barcelona. The best store IMHO is espaibici. https://www.espaibici.com/ Is the only store who sells Surly and have a lot of experience in touring bikes.

Cheers!
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If you are hauling climbing gear and large backpacks as well as camping stuff, then go for a trailer. You then don't need a touring bike with racks and panniers, can get a lighter duty bike such as a cross-country style MTB to access climbs at the end of rough trails.
Single wheel trailers such as BOB Yak handle better off-road and you don't need the loading versatility of 2-wheeled trailers. You can get them from the big mail-order bike outlets.
For the bike, look for something with a small travel suspension fork and preferably threaded eyelets for rack and fenders, for more Northerly climates. Shimano Deore grade components will be plenty good enough. Giant talon, Trek series 4 type of bike. This is the commonest style of quality bike and easy to find in every brand.

If you have trail shoes, get some toe clips for the pedals. Fit bar-ends to the bars for extra grips.
Dont forget to order some spare inner tubes for your trailer wheel.
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You will have trouble finding a Surly within your budget in Europe.

Have you considered a trekking/hybrid type like Decathlon's Riverside 7 (€750). There's at least one Decathlon store in Barcelona.

https://www.decathlon.es/riverside-7-id_8070411.html
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Ended up spending about 800€ for a bike (trek) with bags, odometer, lock, and a few other things!

thanks for the info guys- although I did end up rushing the process a bit because I wanna get out of Barcelona! Beautiful city, but not really the most enjoyable atmosphere!!
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