Questions tagged [touring-bikes]

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 mudguards and luggage racks as standard.

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How will swapping drop bars to butterfly bars affect bike fit?

I recently bought a Dawes Super Galaxy from the late 80s or early 90s. When I was researching bike fit beforehand I was told that swapping drop bars to flat bars can affect the bike fit since drop bar ...
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Compatibility between 4700 Tiagra 10 speed shifters and GRX RX400 10 speed derailleur

I want to build myself a drop handle bar touring setup bike. GRX RX400 seems like a good budget option. Bikeradar mentioned this groupset to be on same level as Tiagra. Gearing range on this groupset ...
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Peugeot Milano, old steel

I found an old Peugeot bike, can this variant be restored ?, does is real chromoly or is it a kind of steel.
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Pannier Racks On Frames Without Mountings

The winter was harsh and the wear on my beloved road bike and its incredibly fragile ultegra componentry was too much on my wallet and I'm starting to explore winter bike options. I've decided I want ...
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Hybrid/gravel bike mudguards/fenders with specific coverage

Are there any aftermarket fenders that only span from the chainstay to the seatstay? I don't trust the rigidity of full-length mudguards beyond the chainstay and this is only to minimize contamination ...
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What are the main differences in Giant's Toughroad and Revolt drop-bar bike series?

I'm at a bit of a loss trying to decide what sort of a (Giant) bike I should be looking towards. I used to have a Ribble Sportive 7005 from 2014 to 2017. I am now looking for something that would ...
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Can you identify this “BSB 400” steel frame?

I was given quite a nice old tourer some years ago. I think it was a custom-built frame. The only identification is "BSB 400" in a 1980s typeface: It's Reynolds 531, has cantilever bosses and 130mm ...
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Are Deore trekking / MTB groupsets compatible with cyclocross frames for touring conversion?

I have a pre-disc-brake vintage 10 speed cyclocross bike that has already seen me through some tours, however, I find the compact chainring is sometimes not geared low enough. I'm also growing ...
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Will tires with spikes on a loaded heavy touring bicycle puncture the tubes?

I am thinking of buying Schwalbe "Marathon Winter Plus" or "Winter" tires with spikes. I intend to use them on a touring bike which when loaded will have: about 25kg (55 pounds) of luggage (2x5kg on ...
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Good type of bike to get for commuting (thinking of road v touring)

I'm new to this site but I've been intrigued by the thought of picking up cycling as a means of my new way of transport as well as for recreational purposes. As a little background, I live in London ...
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How to mount central (two-legged) kickstand on normal bike frame

I bought this kickstand, but it has grooves in the top that the instructions said should slot into the "stand plate" on the frame. My frame looks like this: doesn't seem to have a plate of any kind, ...
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Trek Domane panniers

I have a 2018 Domane SL5. I would love to get into bike touring and I love this bike. It is very comfy to ride and I can imagine that it would be great for the distances I'm planning to cover on my ...
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Can I replace a 3x8 1999 Sora crankset with a Claris FC-2403?

I expect I would need a compatible bottom bracket too, like the one that this Claris crankset is frequently bought together with, here. The front derailleur is already a Claris, a few months old. ...
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I think I bought the wrong bike

A few weeks ago I decided I would start commuting by bike since I live in a central location in a fairly bike-friendly city (mainly to campus, work, gym, etc), through roads, and trails that are not ...
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How to slow yourself down (for playing nice with others)

I have a road/touring bike that I take on longer rides with other folks. Sometimes other folks are riders of similar ability, and sometimes not. When I ride with people who ride slower, rather than ...
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Tubus rack compatibility

I have author ronin 2019 and I'm wondering if this tubus rack suits to the fork of my bike. Did anybody use this front racks with similar forks?
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How do I purchase a drop bar bike that will be converted to flat bar?

I really like the Kona Sutra from both a price and specification point of view. As I have only ridden flat bar bicycles I am not sure if I can used to the drop bar. In case I cannot, I would like to ...
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Touring vs race bike [closed]

I am Fabrizio, completely new in this forum full of experts, considering myself somebody who wants to take his very first steps at biking on the roads. I started to live in the Netherlands since 2 ...
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Is there way to fix a disc brake rotor if slightly bent?

Rear disc on my Acid 2016 is little bit bent so while riding it makes a strange noise when that part of disc comes through the caliper. Is there any way fix that or should I buy new disc?
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New bicycle for commuting

I'm just retiring my old roadie and looking to buy a new bike, and am torn on what kind to buy. I cycle 34 miles per day on my commute, down roads and canal towpaths (which are bumpy and have on ...
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Please help me identify this bicycle (Peugot)

I recently finished a renovation project on a classic Peugeot road/touring bike and was wondering what the model and production year of this bicycle is. I tried but could not find anything myself. ...
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Is a Surly front rack compatible with tubus mount for eyeless forks?

I am looking at the Surly front rack and was wondering if it's compatible with this Tubus mount. If it's not I'll have to go for the Tara but I was keen on having a platform on my front rack. Any ...
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Touring bicycle must-have features

What should I take in consideration as an important feature(s) for a touring bicycle? My goal is to use it for long distance trips and eventually work commuting.
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MTB Helmet on a Road-Touring Cube bike

I'm getting the next month a Cube Nuroad black/red 2018 for my little trips and some commuting. I got and old Btwin MTB helmet bought in Spain. Is it good to wear on this type of bike? I'd use ...
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Is this bike salvageable?

I have an old Peugeot Vagabond. It's been sitting out in the New Mexico weather for more than a few years. I'm wondering if it's worth trying to fix up, or if I should just go get a new bike? I tried ...
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Trek 520 model changes during years

What are main changes in Trek 520 during the years? I have possibility to buy new Trek 520 year 2015 for 1000 Eur and year 2018 for 1300 Eur. Is there right place to safe some money? What are ...
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How much should a long distance touring bike weigh?

I'm planning in the far future to do a long ride of around 3000km (~1864mi). As I just have a single speed, I've been looking at what is in the market "designed" for that purpose in the price range ...
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Recommended brands for full-day rides and short multi-day tours [closed]

I’m going to be investing in a new touring bike soon for weekly centuries and the occasional few-day tour. I’m looking at the $2K or possibly $3K level. I currently ride a Lemond Croix de Fer, and I ...
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9 speed SRAM shifter for dropbars?

Does anyone know if SRAM makes a 9 speed compatible shifter for dropbars? What's the best option for shifter/derailleurs for a 2x9 cross bike?
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Buying a bike (new or 2nd hand) at start of EuroVelo 6

My wife and I will traveling from Nantes in France, to Budapest along the EuroVelo 6 Cycle Route. A distance of ~2300km For various reasons (travel ahead of time, logistics of transporting bikes etc.)...
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Is it better to get a commuter bike with a front suspension or without one?

Is a commuter/city bike without front suspension comfortable?
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A kickstand has killed my touring bike. Am I wrong?

While I was cycletouring in the Nederlands last year I had someone in a bike shop install a new kickstand, longer, stronger and more effective than the previous one. He didn't put anything at all ...
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Choosing frame size when still growing

I am about to purchase a 2018 Kona Sutra touring bicycle but I need some advice on how to know which is the right size for me. My measurements are 174cm tall with a 79cm inseam. I was advised that a ...
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Tying tether on old luggage rack

I've got a bike with an ultra-old luggage rack which isn't of the kind which has a cheap spring-loaded "clasp" but rather an elastic tether which is permanently attached to the frame at the front and ...
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Rear pannier bags on touring mountain bike

Why people are not using rear pannier bags on MTB for touring? Most of reports and photos I see have a saddle bag and the rest of luggage seems to go to the front of the bike. I have done touring ...
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What would be the best bike frame to build a gravel bike? [closed]

This handsome devil road bike is what im kinda looking for but i want some suggestions of what is the next best thing to start with, any ideas? I was looking for a good bike or bike frame that ...
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8 speed drivetrain stronger than 9 speed?

I see a lot of people recommending 8 speed drivetrain over 9 speed for a touring bike because they are supposed to be stronger (e.g. in the buyers guide of the Adventure cyclist magazine, issue april ...
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Mounting long reach center pull brake on Marrakesh (or similar disc-braky) frame?

I wanted to build a commute/touring bike using a existing parts. I'm considering Salsa Marrakesh or similar frame that's designed for disc brakes. I'd love to use rim brake 650B wheels I already ...
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Internally-geared hub and chain case: running away from maintenance chores and grit damage

First off, the context of my question is 80% urban commuting and 20% weekend road trips of up to 70km, with a bit of casual trail riding mixed in. I ride my bicycle for transport and I value minimal ...
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Neck Pain on Road Bike

I used to alpine cycle with my road bike. Now ( years later) I am commuting and pulling a child in a burley tralier, earning awful neck pain. Does commute cycling require a different bicycle? If so, ...
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Ordering in the right size, and making sure it fits

I'm fairly tall (6'4" or 195cm), and the bike I'm looking for is fairly specialised these days (a tourer, presumably steel, possibly with a sideline as a gravel bike/off-road tourer but no need for ...
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Aluminum forks vs. carbon forks (with aluminum frames) what are the trade offs? [duplicate]

The all-aluminum frame bike will be cheaper. The aluminum fork should be more robust and less prone to breakage. The carbon fork will be more shock absorbing and comfortable. That's kind of how I ...
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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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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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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 bike. ...
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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 bike ...
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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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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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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 ...