- Nov 17, 2009
who is making good touring bikes in the US these days...Surly?
I just toured south france with my mate who was on a Surly Long haul trucker and it was absolutely brilliant for her. She had front and back panniers fitted. With the steel frame she said it was heavy but very sturdy. When going up hills she would slow down a bit but I don't think she uses all the gears she could. She was a bit worried about the racing style hand bars with the gears sticking off the ends but in the end she found them very comfortable. You do get the odd bruise from the gears hitting your legs but it never worried her. She was on a 50 inch frame and I would guess she is around 170 cms.