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Old 04-10-14, 01:41 AM
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Wider tire for a touring bike

I try to find a decent tourer within my budget.I'm thinkin about these
Raleigh Gran Tour Touring Road Bike | BUY NOW 549.99
Voyage - Ridgeback

So the first question is , which bike is better?

I've seen some reviews, some people argue that they are just good for asphalt roads, but some people said they are capable for light terrain like grass fields, gravel path. I've seen a blogger who has gone to africa with the ridgeback tour

My other question is, can I change just the wheel or the tire to make the bike more tougher in off road conditions? I mean are there any other factors which are needed to go off road? Can you just change the tire wander off the road? Because I can't try any expedition bikes, I must buy a tourer, so I want to make it bomb-proof and secure.In hungary asphalt roads like forest trails, that's why I'm complaining so much.With a tougher off road, or more better tire, which is better? The surly LHT in off road or any touring bike is equal (except expedition bikes which are made for off roading). How do I know the bike has enough clearence for the wider off-road tires? Maybe I have to change the mudguards?

Sorry these are a lot of questions at first.I know I can ask my question easier but I try to do my best at english.
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Looking at the specs, the two bikes are roughly the same quality. However, the Raleigh is significantly cheaper, so I'd say that one offers a better value.

They specs don't list tire clearance, however, both bikes come with decent tires. 700x32 is not that narrow and can be comfortable on many types of roads. I wouldn't change the tires right away.
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The main difference between MTNbikes, hybrids, and tourers, is the tire clearance. MTNbikes can generally accept much wider tires. Wider tires give the bike more off road potential. If you're going to be carrying a large load or much cargo, then a touring bike would be your best bet. Of course, there are many ways to carry cargo.

Checkout Surly Bikes for the widest tire clearances! I personally like the LHT and the Ogre...

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I usually rebuild a new bike , myself, as soon as I get it , and double check the factory assembly line build.

at a Bike Shop the difference between a good and less build is the mechanic in the shop. not the brand painted on the frame.

OP is still in Hungary, as I recall , so may not have the bikes they see on line available that US buyers mention available,

or even some of the bikes the OP is finding online ..

Are you going to England to go bike shopping , or paying for shipping these bikes to where you live?

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I usually use a 1.5" road tyre with my Surly LHT but have used a wider tyre on some gravel roads. On really rough roads, I use a 2" mountainbike tyre (I don't use fenders).
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