« on: May 30, 2010, 02:35:33 pm »
I want a bike that does it all. I bought a Jamis last year and did an 800 mile basically flat tour. When I hit the Rockies, it was like hitting a brick wall (geared too high for me). It's too expensive and complicated to change the drive train. I'm starting over. I'm a short legged fairly strong but older female rider. My commuter frame is 15 " with 700 wheels. Unfortunately, I'd need a new fork and new racks for the disk brakes blah blah to convert it to a touring bike. Anyway, I feel pretty secure on the smaller frame and a long seat post. I got tanked by a pick up truck two years ago and managed to limp away with only minor injuries. The bike was totalled. I am not opposed to bailing off a bike to save my life. I'd like to be able to ride the highway as well as rough county roads (dirt, gravel, mud) on the same set of wheels and bike. Maybe even some single track thrown in. I like a steel frame for just about everything except racing.The Jamis I rode last year was a little taller. Nice ride but I never felt real safe and secure on it.
I have limited funds but I'm looking at the usual suspects out there: Salsa, Surly, Jamis. Terry is nice though a little spendy for me.
Any thoughts, suggestions out there? I'm planning a ride from Colorado to California in the fall.