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I personally hate panniers on my bike, especially the front, so I would certainly go the trailer route and make the bike one I could race with. Racing bikes are generally divided into two or three types. Criterium bikes are the most twitchy and stiffest, often with very low handlebars. Road racing bikes are a bit mellower, like what riders use on the Tour ...


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I have pretty similar cycling needs as you. I love to race, but still commute over 250km per week in bad weather, so I needed a durable, sporty bike, on a budget. After doing a LOT of research, I bought a Verenti Defense WR2.1 Sora 2015. Hope this answer helps, I have done over 4000km in 4 months on this bike in terrible weather (Ireland) and have also ...


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Get a randonneur or cyclocross bike with eyelets for a rack. Stevens Namura, Focus Mares AX 3.0, Ridley X-Bow, Rose PRO DX CROSS … Use it with 23mm road tires as a road bike. Install a rack and some 32mm tires (Schwalbe Marathon Racer, Vittoria Randonneur Hyper) for touring. Some people would also add fenders and a dynamo hub. My longest trip was 3200km ...



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