Author Topic: Time for New Bike  (Read 2410 times)

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Offline tthayer

Time for New Bike
« on: November 10, 2004, 02:02:28 am »
I'm planning a west coast to east coast tour in the near future.  It's also time for me to consider buying a new bike for this tour.  Price range is hovering near a grand. I'm planning on hauling my gear with a small trailer. Any suggestions on a good touring bike for that price?  Also, would a cyclocross bike be a good alternative to riding those long distances? Any advice is appreciated.

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Offline JayH

Time for New Bike
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2004, 11:52:23 am »
Do you mean a grand for the bike, and the trailer, how about the racks, bags, etc? If you're looking at the whole package, $1k isn't terribly much if new is the plan.

A cross bike is a good compromise when looking at non-touring specific bikes, they'll allow more width than most road bikes.  I personally feel that there isn't any one bike that is good for touring, if you are comfortable with the bike with the necessary touring gear, then it should work for touring.  I tour on a MTB, fully loaded and have done 130 mile days before partially loaded on my MTB.  

Jay