Touring usually means very long multi-day (or multi-week) rides carrying a lot of gear (camping, cooking, clothes, etc) on the bike. Can also apply to unloaded/creditcard touring involving using hotels/motels instead of camping.

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Detailed resources for planning backcountry/primitive tours?

Are there any resources out there with details for specific backcountry/primitive tours, such as water sources, itineraries, camping spots, route difficulty, etc? I'm a hiker/camper who just bought ...
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Vintage 70's Bike info?

I was given a vintage touring bike recently. It's steer tube badge says D-114 made in Japan. I can't find any info on it and was hoping someone may have some info on the brand or bike.
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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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Who else makes H-bar Loop Handlebars?

Jones makes a great pair of touring handlebars with a loop for mounting lots of accessories, but their prices are a bit steep ($120-$425). I'm building a mountain touring bike and I've been trying to ...
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Cyclocross touring, studs for SPD shoes?

I just bought my first bicycle shoes (Specialized, SPD) and got four mountable studs. I'm planning on touring for about a month. Mostly on roads, perhaps occasionally on dirt tracks and larger trails. ...
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How to build a Camping trailer, and riding across country with it

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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How do I deal with a dog chasing me when I'm touring?

Once I was riding my road bike down a rural road. I heard barking over my shoulder and saw two dobermans running toward me. I can't think of a time in my life that I felt more endangered. I reacted ...
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Is there a cheap touring bike that is as light as a road bike

I want a touring bike that is as light as a road bike - basically I want a road bike with a touring bike geometry - ie around 10 or 11Kg, excluding pannier racks, and other add-ons. My price range ...
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Can I fit rear panniers to a full-suspension bike with a dropper post?

I'm looking at the Whyte T129s and have seen that there's a couple of options for fitting panniers to the back of a full-sus bike. Topeak Freeload - see link Any suggestions whether either of ...
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The right saddle for touring

In a month time I will be doing a two week tour in southern France. I was wondering which is the best kind of saddle for touring? I have a Specialized Tricross that came with a modern narrow and not ...
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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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The Value of a Chair on a Touring Trip

I'm going on my first big touring trip (2 weeks – that's big for me). I've found some nice light-weight camping chairs and I'm wondering if it's worth investing in one. Two basic options seem to ...
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Netherlands: where to buy cheap bikes? (Police autions, cheapest towns) [closed]

We are a french couple visiting the Netherlands (starting tomorrow) by bike. We have few questions: are there specific places / city where we have better chances to find cheap bikes ? (except ...
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Rear hub for randonneuring - any “classic” model?

I have recently had a failure in my rear-hub during a brevet. The bike I use for brevets was assembled from used parts, and I tried to choose components that are dedicated to randonneuring ...
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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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Suitability of Giant Aero RS2 for occaisonal on-road mountain trips

I'm planning to buy a bike for use only in summer, mostly on 100% flat terrain (being The Netherlands). However, I would also like to be able to use it as a packing mule and go into the mountains for ...
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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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What are the advantages of a custom frame for a touring bike?

I'm building a new bike for touring while traveling, so I want a break-apart frame with S&S couplers, like the Salsa Vaya Travel, or another steel touring frame retro fit with couplers. I want a ...
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how long does it take to break in a brooks saddle (b17)

I'm going on a 2 week touring trip and looking to buy a comfortable saddle that will be make my rides pleasant and efficient. I have about a month to break in the saddle. How long should I spend ...
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26“ vs 28” wheels for touring

I was told by a friend that 26" wheels are better than 28" wheels for touring. Is this true? What are the pro's and con's? I'm told that 26" wheels are stronger for their spoke count. What are the ...
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Larger cassette options on a compact set up?

I've been thinking of getting a larger cassette for my bike to tackle hills better, and I'm just looking for some thoughts. I have a 2011 Honky Tonk ...
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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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Can you attach front panniers to shocks?

I'm going on a bike trip and need the extra storage supplied by front panniers. But my bike has front suspension. I can replace the fork with a solid one but that will increase my costs. Is it A) ...
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Good Brands for Front Pannier Rack on Suspension Forks [closed]

I've heard people talk a lot about Old Man Mountain racks. What other options are there? Roughly speaking, in your experience, how do they compare? I'm specifically interested in this for touring ...
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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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how to chose the right frame size for touring bike?

I am going on a two week bike trip with a friend and I can only afford a second hand bike. My concern is that I will wind up buying a bike that I later discover was the wrong size for me. I know that ...
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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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Difficulty & Value of replacing suspension forks w disk brakes (for Touring)

I need to replace my front suspension forks with hard forks (no suspension). My bike has disk brakes, a dynamo (that seems to attach to the wheel hub), and mud flaps. Are these sorts of things easily ...
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Minimum mountain bike trekking/touring equipment

Consider a one week trip in nature, with bikes. Daily routes are to be about 60km with 2000m total elevation change per day (climb, then descend). The group is of 2-5 people. Weather is summer (maybe ...
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Bags for longer touring

I am planning to go on a 2 week touring trip in a few months and I'm looking for some bags/panniers to buy. What are your recommendations regarding the capacity of the bags (considering the length of ...
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Replacing 28in wheels with 26in

I'm told that when touring (carrying a big load) you're much better off to have 26" wheels than 28". But most second-hand bikes seem to come with 28". Is it possible to replace the larger 28" wheels ...
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Removing suspension from a bike [duplicate]

I'm looking to do a bit of light touring and want to outfit an old mountain bike to be up to the task. But most of the bikes I'm looking at have some crappy/mid-range suspension on them, which – to my ...
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Is it possible to predict when roads will have less traffic?

I'm planning a two day trip down the UK country roads. I'd like to time and plan my route so that I'll have a pleasant ride. Is it possible to tell which days of the week would see the least traffic? ...
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Unicycle touring — how common?

A couple of days back, on our way to California (in a car), my wife and I passed a unicyclist going the other direction, uphill, on a fairly challenging section of Route 66. (I think we were in ...
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difference between rack mounts and fender mounts?

is there a specific way that bike builders build mounts/eyelets for racks for panniers and eyelets that hold fenders? I'm specifically thinking about eyelets on the rear dropouts. I know that if a ...
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What bike for a long distance tour. What to change on current set up?

This is my current set up. I am thinking of upgrading and changing some parts. Particularly I am interested in making the overall bike lighter, and the ride more comfortable. Steel frame (kona ...
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Bike for mixed use

I've been spinning for the last two years and looking to purchase my first road bike, comparing road, touring, cyclocross and hybrid. I won't race, but do look to ride weekly & take some 40-80 ...
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What size of slick tire should I buy?

I purchased a mountain bike and I ride on the road most of the time and I was looking at slicks for my bike. My tire size that I have now is 26x2.00 and the rims. I have on are AT-550 26inch what size ...
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What is a recovery ride?

I often heard this from other bikers where they do recovery rides the day after a long ride (greater than 100kms). What is it for and is it really needed?
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Advice on buying a SCOTT SUB Sport 10 2014 [closed]

I have been looking at the Scott SUB 2014 as a potential candidate for my cycle to Paris (approx 90 miles) and a cycle across the South Downs this summer. Having such different terrains, I was ...
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How to cope with boredom whilst cycle touring? [closed]

I went on a long cycle tour before and I found myself getting bored whilst I was riding at some points. E.g. on monotonous main roads, and areas with not much scenery or people to stop and talk to, or ...
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Does the diameter difference between road and mountain bike handlebars make some bikes incompatible?

I'm shopping around for a new set of handlebars, I want to give trekking bars (aka butterfly bars) a try. They're reasonably cheap so I'm willing to dive in as an experiment. I'm wondering though, ...
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Topeak Explorer Tubular Rack two versions confusion

There are two versions of the "Topeak Explorer Tubular Frame Mounted Bicycle Rack" 'regular' (TA2026-B) and 29er (TA2042-B ) I'm not sure what would work best with my 700c hybrid bike? The ...
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How do you install a hub dynamo?

I want to buy a Shimano hub dynamo, but I'm encountering problems getting a bike shop to commit to installing it for me if I buy it. So I have a couple questions that I'm hoping some of you guys might ...
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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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Tri-bars/Aerobars on Mountain Bikes

I am trying to work on endurance in the hopes of one day touring the GDMBR in a reasonable amount of time and after watching Ride the Divide, I noticed a lot of the riders are using aerobars. When I ...
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Biking Tour Through the Alps: Via Claudia Augusta

Ok I'll try to be brief. I want to take a bike tour from Tuttlingen, Germany to Milan, Italy. I am 21 years old, in pretty good endurance shape, but am not an incredibly avid biker by any means. At ...
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GPS with maps for touring / using an iPhone

We are going to do a bike tour through France and Spain with a friend at the end of the summer. I was wondering what is the best option for a gps. Ideally we want something with the ability to display ...
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Map during touring?

Do you attach your map to the bike or have some sort of desktop or how do you maintain your map during touring? You surely need some sort of cover but if you have how do you attach it to your bike or ...