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Offline fit4life850

Touring Bike HELP!!
« on: August 20, 2007, 10:47:18 pm »
21,m,Florida.  Right now I am riding an 06 Trek K1000 road bike.  I am looking to purchase a bike more suitable for touring.  I have been reading information from the How-To and Forums, but everything just seems to run together.

Could someone please help me sort all this information out so I can start training for my trip next summer.  I'm looking to spend around $1500, preferable less.  

My local bike shop carries Trek and recommended the 520 or Portland, however carry neither in-stock.

Anyone with useful information I would greatly appreciate it.

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."
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Offline DaveB

Touring Bike HELP!!
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2007, 11:15:30 am »
The 520 is Trek's traditional loaded tourer. It has been in their line for many years and is highly thought of by its owners.  If you want a "real" touring bike, it will serve you well.

Your 1000, if it fits well,  should give you a pretty good idea of which size to order.


Offline Badger

Touring Bike HELP!!
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2007, 02:57:14 pm »
Take a look at the Cannondale T2000 or T800. I have had my T2000 for 7 years now and it is still riding strong. I use a BoB trailer with mine and have done road as well as hardpack trails with no problems.  The only issue I have with the Trek 520 are the bar end shifters but that is just an issue with me.  Hope this helps.  


Offline ptaylor

Touring Bike HELP!!
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2007, 04:52:29 pm »
Hi Fit4. This is a common topic on this forum. In the upper right corner of this window is a small search button. Do two searches: Trek 520 and Cannondale T2000.

I suggest these searches because they are mentioned most often, and will lead you to other brands.

I doubt that there are many LBS where you can walk in and find a touring bike in your size. In fact, they probably wont stock a touring bike in ANY size. They nearly always need to be special ordered.

Before you order the bike, get 3 guarantees from your LBS:


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  • They will swap out the stem/handlebar if needed, to give you a good fit
  • They will swap-out the cassette/chainwheels if needed to give you the low gears recommended in the ACA how-to section
  • They will guarantee that you can get a front rack that will fit your bike.


You'll not go wrong with the Trek 520, but you will want to get a lower granny gear. With this bike, you will have a choice of many different front racks.


Paul
Paul

Offline fit4life850

Touring Bike HELP!!
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2007, 01:15:37 am »
Thanks everyone for the comments.  I'm getting excited about my trip.  Already have the Southern Tier maps and looking to plan multi-day trips from where I live when I get my bike.  Got to get ride of this Trek K1000 first.



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