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Offline Patagonia

Need advice
« on: March 21, 2015, 10:56:01 am »

I am new to bike touring. Recently had a double fusion neck surgery which requires me to ride in a more upright position. Thinking of getting a 56 cm Surly long haul trucker. Visited 2 bike shops, but they ended up talking more about their own bikes than a set up for me.

Any suggestions on a handle bar configuration recommendations, or recommendations in general. Anyone here in the same boat with a neck fusion?

I plan to do a lot of touring both locally and eventually internationally.

Any help would be appreciated,

Thank you,


Offline Pat Lamb

Re: Need advice
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2015, 11:35:09 am »
Have you considered a recumbent?  I usually dismiss 'bent zealots, but your case sounds like it might be a good fit.

As far as diamond frames, Surly generally has longer top tubes for a give size than other touring bikes (Trek 520, Fuji Touring, REI Randonee, etc.).  Long top tubes are good for getting down low, not so good for getting upright.  So if you want a traditional frame, I'd suggest you look elsewhere.

Offline RussSeaton

Re: Need advice
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2015, 05:33:17 pm »
You need a hybrid bike.  They have 9 or 10 speed cassette and triple crankset.  Good for touring.  And will have upright 3-speed style handlebars.  Good for sitting upright and not bending your neck.  Surly Ogre and Surly Troll look appropriate.

Offline daveandarfer

Re: Need advice
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2015, 04:17:44 pm »
wind resistance tells me that my upright comfort mustbe at least lower or reclining.its basic physics. a low seat crank forward cruiser/chopper or recumbent would suit me.

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