Take a deep breath and slow down!
Pick up an early 90's steel non suspension mtb ie Marin Bear Valley and such like , give a good once over and hey presto one cheepish touring bike
I like that one but as others have said not the most idealHi, everybody.
I am a commuter who wants to buy a new bike that can double as a touring bike also.
I found this one, and so I want to ask you guys with experience for opinion.
What do you think about it?
Lugged frames are variable in quality & strength just the same as welded ones. A well fabricated frame made of weldable-grade steel can be just as good as a well made lugged steel frame. However, it's important to compare like for like. A lot of modern welded frames are aluminium, which are generally inferior in lifespan because they are prone to weld defects causing fatigue cracks, something that happens only very rarely with steel. Then you've got lugged frames that are made out of steel grades that may be weakened by welding, so lugged is in these cases superior because it achieves a higher strength frame.
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