I suspect one forum member might be particularly useful here The lovely husband has finally realised that he doesn't like trailing behind me and Liesl as we fly up hills (ish) and wants a new touring bike for next year's Alpine Extravaganza!! So what should we get him? He's BIG. He's 6"4, weighs 16 stone (although it's all muscle, honest) and has slightly disproportionately long arms...(no nasty gorilla comments please!!). So he needs a solid, big steel frame with a long reach. I was planning to nag him into a Dawes Galaxy or some variant of it, but one of the blokes on our India trip who's a mechanic was raving about Kona cyclo cross bikes, or some other brands I hadn't really considered. Also, should we go for a traditional tourer or would a cyclo cross bike be better? I don't know much about cyclo cross so am a bit stumped!! Finally, the bike has to be good enough so he can get up mountains happily and not struggle...but not better than Liesl, as I still want to beat him!