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Offline paddleboy17

Re: Terry Touring Bikes - Coto Doñana Tour
« Reply #30 on: August 16, 2016, 02:24:02 pm »
When I looked at the bike specs, it does say 20.5 pounds without pedals.

If you can afford the trip, I think a factory trip might be in order.  I would be very surprised if you could not visit the factory and meet with someone.  You might not get Georgina Terry, but you should get the time and attention from someone competent.

As for the custom issue...

The Georgina Terry bike has a hand welded frame as opposed to a mass welded frame from Taiwan.  I don't remember the component mix on the LHT and what is currently on the bike you were looking at.  Plus I can't check them right now, so I am no help to you there.  There are a lot of poorly conceived and poorly executed touring bikes out there.  The LHT has a good reputation, but I have never ridden one.  And as I said earlier, I have no idea how Georgina Terry does her bike for 20.5 pounds.  I don't think that if you  bought a Gunnar and build it up yourself, that you would end up with a budget Georgina Terry bike.  You should probably look at Rivendell too (also Waterford frames).  They are on the west coast if that is more convenient for a road trip.

I have a Waterford frame.  I got it, because I had a poorly conceived and executed touring bike.  My original touring bike wiggled with panniers, and was a disaster.  It was a great dirt road ride though.  I can get my Waterford frame to flex, but it immediately dampens out all vibration.  I put good stuff on it, and it stickered out at $5200 (frame was $2300).  The ride is fabulous.

Most bike dealers do not carry touring bikes, so there may not be an LHT in your size to test ride either. 

I think Georgina Terry's set up is in New York, so if you can arrange the trip you should.  I know of someone who spent an afternoon at Co-Motion in Oregon, and someone who spent an afternoon with Seven in Massachusetts.  At one point, my buddies and I were going to make a road trip to Waterford in Wisconsin, but it never happened.
Danno

Offline dkoloko

Re: Terry Touring Bikes - Coto Doñana Tour
« Reply #31 on: August 16, 2016, 05:00:03 pm »
I just can't determine the advantage of a custom bike at this point (having no experience), so seems foolish to spend the money on a bike I can't even test and hope it will be 250% better!

You'd be lucky if it was 50% better; you pay a lot for small improvements, custom or stock. You can expect the best values in the most popular models.

Offline OutSpokyn1

Re: Terry Touring Bikes - Coto Doñana Tour
« Reply #32 on: August 17, 2016, 01:00:49 pm »
Agreed!

Offline RussSeaton

Re: Terry Touring Bikes - Coto Doñana Tour
« Reply #33 on: August 17, 2016, 01:35:28 pm »
I just can't determine the advantage of a custom bike at this point (having no experience), so seems foolish to spend the money on a bike I can't even test and hope it will be 250% better! Maybe after this initial tour or sometime down the line, I will.

The advantages of a custom bike are the following:
1.  You demand a unique bike built just for you.  No one else has your bike.  Its unique to you only.  It has whatever you want on it.  Whatever color.
2.  You require a unique, different, non standard size frame.  Smaller or bigger are the usual changes.  But some people have extra long bodies and short legs, so they need a bike to fit them.  Custom.  Standard factory frames are built for the average person ranging from about 5'4" to 6'4" tall with normal sized legs, torsos, necks, heads, feet.  Their bodies fit within the bell curve of normal.  Bike manufacturers make bikes to fit them by the millions.  The normal sized person does not need a custom bike for fit.

I don't need a custom sized frame.  Many manufacturers make perfectly sized bikes to fit me at the factory.  And some manufacturers don't make bikes that fit me very well at all.  Colnago being one of them.  Short top tubes.  But I might want a custom to get different handling from normal, extra stiff, or extra plush, or more tire clearance, or unique braze-ons, or...

Offline OutSpokyn1

Re: Terry Touring Bikes - Coto Doñana Tour
« Reply #34 on: August 17, 2016, 02:22:22 pm »
I think the LHT will work nicely for me, with possibly a few adjustments. I will work with a good shop to get fitted properly and one that knows touring as well.

I totally understand the benefits of a custom bike, especially for me being a short woman. I have thought very hard about this decision and have done LOTS of homework and sought input, etc. and think I have come to a good conclusion for my first dedicated touring bike.

I really appreciate everyone's input and suggestions. They have been invaluable!