Re: Advice on Bike for Touring
Originally Posted by tortoisenme
I am planning to do a bike tour from London to Rome next year, and am pretty new to bike touring.
Currently I have a road bike and am thinking of converting it to a touring bike. Would like to ask if that is a good idea, or should I just invest in a new touring bike?
First off there are several ways to tour,loaded,credit card or supported.
If you plan on taking all your camping gear with you a road bike will probably not have the right geometry or the right wheels to get you very far.
If however you plan on just taking a couple of pairs of clothes then you could get by with your road bike.Carradice makes some nice bags for this type of touring.
Now if you are camping and plan on loading up and taking all your food and stuff with you then you will be best off with a true touring bike.Hybrids can get you you by but for the best performance a touring bike is the way to go.