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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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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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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 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 significantly ...
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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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Why are long haul touring bikes sold with 9-speed drivetrains?

Following up on this question, I had a look on the specifications of 'long haul touring bikes', such as the Trek 520, Salsa Marrakesh, and Surly Disc Trucker. One thing that surprised me was that they ...
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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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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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What's the best way to carry spare spokes on your bike?

I have a low-spoke-count rear wheel, and it broke one earlier this week. The wheel twanged so far out of true it would not fit through the chainstays. Backing off other spokes left me with about 20% ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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I'm an absolute beginner in bike touring, about to buy a bike. Is it worth it to hire a bike fitting service before the purchase?

I'm an absolute beginner in bike touring, about to buy a bike. Currently I'm using local shared bikes and I always wanted to start my adventures on a bike, camping and so on. Given this, is it worth ...
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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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Touring bike with good support network in India

I am planning to tour India. And I have heard many of the US brand bikes don't have support in Tier-2 cities in India. I am worried, if I get struck with out being able to get any spares or a good ...
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What are the geometric differences between a bicycle with aerobars (aka tribars) set up for touring (or long-distance) and one set up for speed?

I would like to ask some questions about aerobars, also known as tribars. I've seen them used on bicycles meant for very different purposes. In theory, the very low, horizontal, position is ideal for ...
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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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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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Are 26'' wheels and tubes a thing of the past?

I'm thinking of buy an expensive touring bicycle. One of the bicycles has 26'' wheels. (https://www.patria.net/produkt/terra-legendaeres-reiserad/) The other one has 27.5'' wheels. (https://www.patria....
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hybrid vs Touring weight carrying capacity

I am wondering why would someone choose a touring bike which is twice as much as a hybrid bike, after evaluating this. An aluminum frame hybrid bike is capable of carrying more weight than a steel ...
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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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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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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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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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Different vibrating tone on a belt drive with a Shimano Alfine hub

I have recently bought a new Cube EXC Travel bicycle with a Gates carbon drive. This bicycle is equipped with a Shimano Alfie 8 speed internally geared hub. The bicycle is new and it seems that the ...
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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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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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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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What are the advantages of a trekking bike versus a touring bike?

I have been travelling on a trekking bike for some time now. When I bought it back in 2020, the salesman said that trekking bikes are the better touring bikes. Now a friend wants to buy a bike for ...
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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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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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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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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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Can I use substitute modern wheels for my vintage bicycle?

I have a 1970s Schwinn World Sport bicycle that has all of its original parts and in working condition except the wheels. The wheels it's designed for are 27s, circus tires. They are real hard to find ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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