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Best tour bike for around £1000

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by Danny1502, 8 Jan 2018.

  1. jay clock

    jay clock Massive member

    Hampshire UK
    OK change of plan again. I think 53 is too small! Cancelled and sticking with Koga!
  2. pclay

    pclay Über Member

    Does anyone have a Holdsworth Elan or Stelvio?
  3. GrumpyGregry

    GrumpyGregry More gruff than grumpy

    West Sussex
    Serious question

    What's a la mode for standover height on our fine islands these days? How many fingers?

    I ask because around Vancouver everyone* rides a garden gate with a horizontal top tube and only a couple of inches of seatpost showing. (Which is my preference on a touring style bike, as it happens)

    *those that I saw, during a two-week visit, in the depths of winter.
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  4. Cycleops

    Cycleops Veteran

    Accra, Ghana
    I don’t think we’re talking fingers here but something rather more tender.
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  5. Blue Hills

    Blue Hills Guru

    I agree with you gregory that maybe a horizontal tube looks more aesthetically pleasing when you stand back to admire your mount, but for actually mounting the thing i much prefer sloping.
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  6. GrumpyGregry

    GrumpyGregry More gruff than grumpy

    West Sussex
    I swing a leg over the rear wheel and saddle myself. Never been able to vault a crossbar.

    And once standing over, enough clearance for the unmentionables is, well, enough. And enough is a very small amount.
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  7. GrumpyGregry

    GrumpyGregry More gruff than grumpy

    West Sussex
    I was told four fingers is more than enough. Some people with small hands have room for four hands.

    I make do with "four fingers or less, but at least one thank you very much.".
  8. Heltor Chasca

    Heltor Chasca Out-Riding the Black Dog

    My Surly DT sounds almost as you describe. If anything, the top tube is a tiny bit too long for me (others have said this about DTs too) Standover height is ‘just out of harm’s way’. I shortened the stem a bit and now I can sit on that bike all day long. And longer occasionally.
  9. Heltor Chasca

    Heltor Chasca Out-Riding the Black Dog

    Ooh now you see, one man’s meat and all that: I prefer the aesthetics of a sloping top tube. My Surly DT has an almost horizontal TT. You would like it.
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  10. cisamcgu

    cisamcgu Veteran

  11. Bonefish Blues

    Bonefish Blues Über Member

    52 Festive Road
  12. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

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  13. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    The first thing I would want to know before buying a new touring bike, is it Rohloff compatible?:smile:
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  14. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    Ride it. Don't stand over it. If it's stopped and you want to stand over it, tilt it.
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  15. John_S

    John_S Well-Known Member

    Depending on where you are if you're anywhere close to Stanforth Bikes, I think that they're in Brighton, perhaps speak to them because they sometimes have some ex-display / ex-demo bikes which might sometimes possibly just scrape into your budget.


    Good luck finding the right tourer for your travels.