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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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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500mile bike tour?

I'm planning on touring 528 miles from Los Angeles all the way to Tucson Arizona during the summer. I am planning to stay over there for a while so I won't carry to much of a load. I already know ...
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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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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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Why aren't hub/drum/roller brakes suitable for touring?

I've got a Dutch town bike with Shimano IM80 roller brakes. They're brilliant. Maintenance free, clean, and effective. I've been looking at getting a long range touring bike for an initial 3 month ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What is the name of this type of bolt for the front crank on my bike?

I recently had to take the front gear off of my bike and had some difficulty undoing the bolts. Because of their poor condition, I have decided to replace them. However, I have no idea what they are ...
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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. ...
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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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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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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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Ease of servicing disc vs. rim brakes

How easy is it to keep a mechanical (non-hydraulic) disc brake system working at home with a set of "normal" (not bike-specific) tools, especially compared to rim brakes? Discs seem to be currently ...
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Convert used road bike or MTB for touring?

I would like to convert a bike to a tourer and I have access to a load of frames. I've seen people saying that mountain bikes convert well to tourers and haven't heard much on road bikes. This is ...
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What type of terrain makes an MTB mandatory?

I'm somewhat new to biking, and I've been commuting to work on my new touring/hybrid bike for a few months now (it's a 2014 Novara Safari). I am very interested in doing some actual self-supported ...
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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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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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Effectiveness of disc brakes with brifters

How well do mechanical (non-hydraulic) disc brakes generally function when used with brifters?-- This combination seems to be increasingly common among e.g. adventure bikes such as the Salsa Vaya, ...
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Ease of servicing brifters

How easy are "brifters" (e.g. Shimano Total Integration or Campagnolo ErgoPower) to maintain and adjust as a hobby cyclist at home?-- Although quite a lot of road bikes have them (including even light ...
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Steel road bike with frame that hides cables

I'm trying to recall the name of a bike maker that I had found while researching steel bikes a few months ago. Their bike had a frame that hid cables. i.e., the frame had holes to run the cables ...
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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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Surly Disc Trucker with STI Shifters

I like the feel of Surly's Disc Trucker, 3x10. http://surlybikes.com/bikes/disc_trucker/bike_specs But I want STI shifters, not bar-ends. Moving to STI would seem to screw up the brake pull; duly ...
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How to “shop” for bikes via mail order

What is a good method for finding a bike which matches my riding style, body measurements and bank account size when not able to actually go and try the given candidate bike model(s) in-person? In my ...
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Switching to touring bicycle: Performance considerations

I'm using a road bike more than 2 years for holiday tours and commuting. Merida Scultura 903 Shimano Tiagra groupset (50-34, 12-28) 8-9 kg 700x23 tyres Now i have plans to switch to touring ...
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bar end shifters on drop bars - why not run the cables all the way to the stem?

The typical touring bike with drop bars and bar end shifters shoots the shift cable out the bar tape, right under the curve like so: My bike is like this. It would be cleaner to run those cables all ...
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What bicycle to buy for commuting to work and for leisure (Aberdeen)

I'm new to this forum and I hope someone can help me out. I have recently moved to the UK and I like to cycle. I'm looking for a bicycle with a small budget. I would mainly use the bike for ...
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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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Size advice needed for Revolution Country Traveller touring bike

I'm about to by my first touring bike. I've got a very tight budget so I will probably order a Revolution Country Traveller from Edinburgh bicycle cooperation as it looks like it will suit my needs. ...
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Feasability of repairing '70s-era welded-steel luggage rack

I've got a '70s Motoconfort (Motobecane) with the original "French randonneur-style" front luggage rack (it looks like a very small porteur rack): In the photo above, the rack is mounted to the ...
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Recovering COnfidence after bike fall [duplicate]

It's been 3 months since my bike accident, I've had at least 10 critical accidents. Sometimes I don't even know how I am alive. Recently, I had a bike crash when going down the hill which broke of 2 ...
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Modern gumwall light touring tires?

Are there any modern road/light touring tires which look like the gumwall tires of yesteryear? In particular, I'm looking for all-weather road tires with serious puncture resistance, i.e. a more-or-...
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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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I have a 2013 Diamondback Podium 3. Is it possible to use it as a touring bike?

I am new to bicycling and i don't have a clue as to what is necessary for a long distance bike trip. I am not sure that the Podium Three will fit my queen sized mattress. Most of the racks available ...
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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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Information on Peugeot Anjou model?

I am about to buy a second hand Peugeot Anjou bicycle (probably a 89 model) I found on Wallapop but I cannot seem to find any information on the internet on it. Any help? Mainly what I am looking ...
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I've decided on Bar End Shifters for my Vintage tour bike rebuild. I think I've got it down to these. Any reason to choose one or other?

The contestants: Shimano SL-BS64 Ultegra Bar End Shifter Set (8-Speed) and Dia Competition Grand competition ENE bar end control. Seem fairly similar and both well loved. I'm aiming at pairing ...
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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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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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Best bike for distance, best bike for speed [closed]

I am biking the Pacific Coast from Vancouver, BC to San Diego this September. I am looking to purchase a new bike, but I am struggling with the choices. I enjoy racing with friends on weekends. On ...
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How to build a Camping trailer, and riding across country with it [closed]

I'm trying to build a camping trailer for my vintage Schwin Le Tour. I want to ride my bike across country and camp in this the whole way. I was wondering if anyone has done this before, and if anyone ...
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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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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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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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Persistent front wheel squealing: Replace the fork? Switch to disk?

I have a Cannondale touring bike from the early 2000s that I use as my daily commuter. With the stock cantilever brakes and original front wheel, I had a lot of front brake squealing. I did the ...
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Does anyone have any special notes on buying pannier racks?

I have a 520 mm cro-mo vintage tsunado road bike. It has 27 inch wheels. I'm putting a pannier rack on the back *preferably steel, but I'll consider Al. It doesn't have the upper mounts but the ...
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Can I add 3rd chainring to a an old Sugino double?

I have a vintage (165mm-Crnk) Sugino 40/48 on here now, but am looking to add some gear range for up hill with med-sm load. I have a Tiagra short cage RD and a Sora double FD. I am friction shifting. ...
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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?