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Offline peterbro@hotmai

Which bike to buy?
« on: September 19, 2006, 01:34:30 am »
I currently don't have any bikes at all (both were stolen two weeks ago) from my secure garage.  I am thinking of getting in to touring, but don't want to buy a 27+ pound monster as my only ride.  

I am thinking of getting a steel frame (like the "real feel" or steel) bike for tours of up to 5-6 days, i.e. a Jamis or Bianchi with braze-ons or just tow a BOB trailer.  I could use this bike for commuting or my day club rides.  These bikes won't be able to carry more than 28c tires due to the road bike caliper side pivot brakes.

Any ideas?


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Which bike to buy?
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2006, 11:05:00 am »
If you are receptive to buying a BOB trailer and if you limit yourself to paved roads, you can focus on non-touring needs when you pick out a bike.

If you do club rides, you will be frustrated if you don't have something fast.  The Espresso by Co-Motion is a sweet steel road bike that comes in a triple (necessary for touring) and is available with S&S couplers for easy transport.  25 mm tires (Schwalbe Marathon Plus) will likely fit.

Sorry about losing your bikes.  Hope they were insured.

Offline peterbro@hotmai

Which bike to buy?
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2006, 01:26:04 pm »
Thanks Cyclesafe,

I bought a Jamis Satellite, around 22 pounds; it will allow me to do some club rides too.  At $600, it won't make me cry if it gets stolen here in the city.  It only has a Sora gruppo, so I hope this will get me through some tours.  Someday, I may change the shifters to Campy Veloce if they break, or go with bar-end shifters for the ultimate security.

I decided to wait on getting a more expensive bike like the Co-Motion until I try touring and will wait to see if I get hooked!

For the off-road adventures, I may get a Surly Cross-Check frame and build it up with a triple.

Thanks again.