Touring bikes are designed for long distance cycling with luggage. They are usually similar in design to road bikes, with slick tyres and drop handlebars, but have a wider range of gears, longer wheelbases for stability, and a more comfortable riding position. They typically come equipped with ...

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Is the frame material of Specialized AWOL Comp and Elite the same?

I'm looking at these to bikes: AWOL Elite AWOL Comp From the specs I can't decifer though if the frame material and/or alloy is the same on the two bikes? I know the frames differ in other ways, ...
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Why top touring bikes have no suspension forks?

I'm in the search for a new long distance touring bike, and I'm surprised that most top models have no front suspension (IDWorks, Tout Terrain, Koga, etc.). It looks like front suspension is a rarity ...
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What can cause direction to wobble?

When I cycle I can feel wobbling in the direction. I feel it even more and can even see it if I ride no handed. It gets really bad when I put luggage on my low rider. The bike is a 62cm touring steel ...
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Change Shimano FC-M431 Octalink crank arms to Shimano SLX

I won a good deal for a Shimano 2012 SLX FC-M660 set, excluding bottom bracket and crank bolt. Is there any chance I can upgrade my touring bikes FC-M431 Octalink somehow without changing the chain ...
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Reducing Bulk on a touring trip

I'm doing a self contained touring trip, I have a 5 piece set of ortlieb bags (handlebars, 2 front rollers, 2 back rollers). I also plan on putting my tent on my back rack. I'm not doing this in a ...
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How many years an aluminium frame lasts in a touring bike?

How long does an aluminium frame lasts in a touring bike? [Removed extra questions to be clear.] Background So far I preferred aluminium vs. steel for many reasons, but if steel lasts ...
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Do expedition bikes offer advantages over standard touring bikes?

I have seen a few bikes marketed as "Expedition Bikes". They seem to be designed for the purpose of touring off-the-beaten-track. Typically they have 26 inch wheels and either butterfly or flat bars, ...
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Best brake pads for long distance travelling?

Me and a friend of mine are going on a long bike trip (which will take us a month) and we're finetuning our bikes for this. We will be bringing about 14kg of luggage each, only riding on paved roads ...
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V-Brake levers for drop handlebars?

I would like to try the drop handlebar on my touring bicycle that has V-Brakes, and Shimano 9x3 speeds. Are there drop handlebar levers (integrated shifters would be great), that have correct pull ...
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How do you distinguish a touring bike from a speed/road bike?

I would like to buy a touring bike soon, but in our country I cannot find any well known touring bike. I would like to buy a used one so I am going to visit some of the bicycles stores of our capital ...
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Going on a long distance bike tour: what kit do I need?

I am going on a long distance bike tour and I am looking for advice as to the kind of equipment / bike set up I should use? I don't have a huge budget so what are the absolutely critical aspects I ...
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Fast touring bike / Roadbike with touring capabilities [closed]

I am looking for a bike as primary transportation in the South Bay area. My commute is 5 mi, I like to do overnight trips on weekends and use the bike for shopping, which will involve occasional trips ...
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Folding bike for commuting and touring

When looking for a compact bike for storage and carrying reasons, a folding bike seems a great deal. But how do folding bikes perform for trips longer than 20km ? I'm looking for a bike I would use ...
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touring bicycle with roadster frame

I am from India and am planning to get a new bicycle. In India the roadster bicycles are very common, hence are cheap and easy to get. Roadsters have 28.5'' diameter wheels. Is it possible to fit 700c ...
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Combining flat bar and aerobar: Double stem setup or alternatives?

I'm currently running a pair of clip-on aerobars (Syntace C2) on my long distance touring bike. I've set the aerobars up quite high, as for me they are not so much about the aero-part (though it still ...
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Difference between Cyclocross, Touring, and Road Bikes?

My question is "What is the difference between Cyclocross, Touring, and Road Bikes? Also what are their intended uses (their place in the cycle 'community'?)" I have looked at What is the difference ...
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What are important items should I carry if I am plannig for 200 - 400 km [closed]

I am planning a tour for 200-400km by tar road. What precautions should I take during the tour. How much distance should I cover per day? How much speed should I maintain and what gear setting shall ...
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Extend drop bars with additional positions

I have my touring bike set up with drop bars, very similar to this: However, after riding all day for a few days, I tend to miss additional position(s) to avoid minor annoyances such as "numb ...
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New touring bike components

I'm buying a new touring bike. I need an opinion on some of the parts. Crankset: Shimano XT FC-M770 Cassette: Shimano XT CS-M770 Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT M772 SGS Front Derailleur: Shimano XT ...
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What are the current options for short crank arms?

I have knee problems, and I've noticed that the seat position that makes it possible for my leg to not be absolutely straight at the bottom of the stroke causes my knee to pop up a bit higher than my ...
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How can I adapt a mountain bike for a one or two week tour?

This is the situation. I have GT Agressor 1.0 mountain bike. I want to travel for about a week on my bike, which means that I will have to ride a lot on paved roads (around 70% of the road). So I ...
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Koga touring bicycle bottom bracket loose, does it need replacing?

I have a 2009 Koga Signature high-end touring bicycle (internal hub gear, hub generator, half-open chainguard, ...). I'm cycling around 100 km/week (8½ km one-way commute) plus trips, so I've probably ...
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Drop handlebars with drops that don't fit. Replace or adjust?

I bought a Surly Long Haul Trucker a couple years ago, and it has the stock handlebars. My hands don't really fit in the drops, and I sometimes would like a lower handlebar position where I can still ...
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Items required in a World travelling bike?

I saw a fascinating bicycle today with "world traveler" hand-written on the frame. I was awe-struck by this bike. The odometer showed over 2000 km ridden, in freezing winter temperatures. The plastic ...
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Training on a bike path

Is there a liability to using the path for pedestrians and bikers while training on a racing bike - in Florida? Can I use the path, too?
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Swapping STIs for barends — what issues are likely to arise?

I'm planning to swap shifters and brake levers from one bike to another. One bike is a randonee with STI brifters, and the other is a Surly Long Haul Trucker with barends and separate brake levers. ...