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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Shimano Nexus 8 IGH : recommendation or changes in bike setup for high altitude ride

I have bought a second hand bike (VSF T-100) which incorporates Shimano Nexus 8 IGH. The balls wobble inside the gear. So gear is not smooth. I have to change the IGH with a new gear and rim. I will ...
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Help identify this vintage bike

I would appreciate help in identifying this bike. I was thinking the bike could be a Raleigh as they are common in the UK however the moulding on the tubes is strange to me. I'm guessing the bike is ...
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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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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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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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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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Can I fit 27.5 or 29 tires on 700c rims?

Id like to go with wider tires, but there is not tires 2.0 inch that is made for 700c rims. So is there any alternative to that?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...