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Offline bogiesan

Re: Bike purchasing advice needed
« Reply #15 on: October 29, 2013, 09:50:57 am »
Hi all!  I am new to bike touring and will take my first tour this spring.  I need suggestions on where to look for a touring bike with upright handlebars.  I get plenty of suggestions for bikes with drop down bars, but a back problem requires me to sit as upright as possible when riding.  I am female and 5'7' tall.  I would like to stay under $1500.
Any help would be appreciated.

One word, couple o'three syllables:recumbent. A used bike can be acquired and outfitted for that budget. Touring on a recumbent is fabulous but that experience is easily researched and I won't try to convince you. Unfortunately, there are dozens of wildly different bent bikes , including touring trikes, and making a decision is difficult if you don't have a chance to test many of them.

Hope you find a bike you like, can train into the event, and that your journey takes you to interesting places..
I play go. I use Macintosh. Of course I ride a recumbent

Online staehpj1

Re: Bike purchasing advice needed
« Reply #16 on: October 29, 2013, 10:06:07 am »
I get plenty of suggestions for bikes with drop down bars, but a back problem requires me to sit as upright as possible when riding.
Everyone's back is different so I will not presume to say what will work for you, but I suspect that many folks who say they need to sit upright because of their back would be better off to gradually work their way to a more aggressive bent forward posture.  I have found that for me the best was to work on flexibility, strengthen my core muscles, and gradually acclimate to a bent posture on the bike.  Sitting bolt upright means the road shock all goes right up your spine.  At one time I thought my back would prevent me from ever riding again and I thought camping was out as well, but these days happily I ride with the bars several inches below the saddle and have racked up a lot of touring miles with that setup.  One of the biggest keys to my success at that was figuring out which stretches I needed to do and learning to do them properly.

Offline Galloper

Re: Bike purchasing advice needed
« Reply #17 on: November 08, 2013, 09:57:44 am »
May I make a somewhat different suggestion.   I have just returned from a couple of weeks in Ireland where I enjoyed some of the best cycle touring I have ever had.   Rather than bring my LHT I decided to take my BMC hardtail mtb, in the hope that as well as the luscious coast roads of Donegal, Clare and Waterford, I might find an interesting trail or two.   I fitted a set of Conti Race KIngs mtb tyres, being light and fairly fast rolling and I found it all worked very well.

The larger volume tyres and suspension fork made for a comfortable ride, the seating position is more upright than most tourers and can cheaply be made even more so by adding an inexpensive stem and riser bars.   The bike in question will also take road tyres, which will allow the bike to roll a little better should I decide to take that route.   With a set of Crudcatcher fenders and a neoprene section between fork bridge and crown I stayed clean and dry even on wet roads.   

The bike new, with all fittings cost about 550 UKP several years ago, so easily in budget.   When I got back on my elderly steel framed Claud Butler tourer when I returned home, I was struck that a bike I have always thought of as very comfortable, suddenly seemed quite harsh.   

The only downside is that, like any mtb, it will be distinctly slower than a more road focussed tourer.   On the plus side, it has plenty of low gears for those big Donegal hills. Interestingly, when scientifically measured (on my bathroom scales) the BMC weighs about the same as my LHT.