Touring

Discussion in 'Touring and recreational cycling' started by bman88, Jan 26, 2004.

  1. bman88

    bman88 New Member

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    I'm thinking about purchasing a touring bike, and considering a Trek 520, a Bianchi Strada, or a Cannondale T700. I'd be interested in camments and feedback about these bikes.
     
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  2. daveornee

    daveornee New Member

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    I've ridden Trek 520 and Cannondale T700 with good results.
    I haven't ridden the Biachi Strada, but I've had some good rides and a terrible one with my old school Bianchi road bike.
    Take a look at the Bruce Gordon Cycles site for some good information on touring bicycles. I suggest a place to start on that site is the FAQ page at URL:
    http://www.bgcycles.com/faq.html
    Make sure to scroll down the page to look at his chart "Comparison of Key Loaded Touring Bike Design Features:"
    I had one of his BLT toruing bikes, with his racks. It is a very good value in a loaded touring bicycle, with very solid tubular steel front and rear racks. Bruce likes to attain low gearing and very useable gearing range for fully loaded toruing. He uses a MTB Triple for the front crank with 44-32-22 front rings.
    Consider if you will mount fenders and what the largest tires you will use before you make you frame and fork decision.
     
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