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Touring bikes under £700

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by Mister Paul, 17 Apr 2008.

  1. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    Can we get a list of them? Which can you think of? I can't find much around. A colleague has a Fuji tourer, but I don't think they do them any more.

    Would I be as well off getting a cross bike and adapting it?
     
  2. Muddyfox

    Muddyfox Veteran

    E B C do the traveller and explorer for £399 & £599

    Evans have got quite a few in the touring section under the £700 mark from Dawes ... Cannondale ... Claud Butler ... Raliegh & Ridgeback

    If you convert a crosser what would the cost of kitting it out with racks and mudguards etc etc be ? and would that take you over the original £700 limit ?

    I've just bought some mudguards a rear rack and a trunk bag for my mountain bike and it cost me just under £100

    Simon
     
  3. Muddyfox

    Muddyfox Veteran

    What type of touring will you be doing Mister Paul ?

    I was chatting to the owner of my LBS about this only today whilst we were sorting out my rack and bag and i was saying that i really fancy the Kona Sutra which is £900 (without Panniers etc etc) and he said for the type of cycling that i do (Day Rides) on my own and canal towpath type rides with the family and friends i would be throwing my money away on a bike i dont need, and he advised me to have a look at some of the top end Hybrids so i'm going to have a test ride on a 2008 Mongoose Crossway 850 (£499.00) which he has coming in towards the end of the month

    Simon
     
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    Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    I want it as a bit of an all-rounder really. 60-mile day rides, with capability to carry camping gear if I ever go down that road, and an alternative commuting bike at the same time.

    I already have a pretty good hybrid, but am determined to crack this drop-bar thing. And I guess this would be more comfortable on the longer rides.

    We've hopefully got the cycle to work scheme coming this year, so I'm making plans.
     
  5. Muddyfox

    Muddyfox Veteran

    I'm pretty new to this cycling lark really ... but would you be better off looking at Audax bikes ? from what i gather they are pretty much a fast light weight tourer which would seem to fulfill all of your requirements

    I'm sure someone that actually knows about these things will put me right before long though :tongue:

    Simon
     
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    Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    OK.

    Audax bikes for under £700?
     
  7. Muddyfox

    Muddyfox Veteran

    Dawes Audax Sport 2008 Touring Bike

    DawesAudax.jpg

    Simon
     
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    Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    I'm not keen on Dawes. My LBS has just ditched them because they're not really cutting it. And I've had some disappointing correspondence with them on a charity matter.
     
  9. Muddyfox

    Muddyfox Veteran

    I would imagine that Dawes are probably one of the biggest names in touring bikes so their quality control would be pretty good ?

    But i guess theirs nothing worse than buying someone's product that has refused to shower you with freebies for a charity tour :tongue: :angry: :sad:

    Simon
     
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    Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    It wasn't like that. It was the attitude that was not shared by others that I spoke to.

    The Dawes tandem we used in the end wasn't very impressive. The disc brakes were a pain in the neck, and the wheel tensioning was appalling.

    I'm still interested in their touring bikes, as I recognise that they are popular, but I've had better experiences with other manufacturers.
     
  11. Muddyfox

    Muddyfox Veteran

    No offence Mister Paul ... it was an attempt at some light hearted humour hence the 3 winkies

    Simon
     
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    Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    none taken.
     
  13. if you're looking more at Audax type bikes, i have just picked up a Brevet frame from Thorn that they are discontinuing; list price is £399 but they agreed to £299 as they had run out of the Audax mk3, it came with forks, headset and seat post. It has braze ons for rack etc. If you can wait another couple of months they'll have more of the Mk3 frames in again. (My commuter frame broke and so i wanted a replacement asap and wanted steel (i don't have a beard or sandals :tongue:)) If you're more able than i am you could build up one of these frames and come in about £700.

    Hope you find what your looking for and make the change to drops and a road based bike, you'll be surprised just how much quicker you get around for the same effort:smile::angry:

    Windy
     
  14. Muddyfox

    Muddyfox Veteran

    Security Alert ... Unauthorised Access (insert siren noise here) :angry:
     
  15. John Ponting

    John Ponting Über Member

    Location:
    Herts
    I recently bought a TREK 1.2 triple and am loving it. LBS fitted a light rear rack and a rack pack when I bought it. Adequate clearance for full guards over 25s. I'd be happy using smallish "front" panniers on the rear rack for lightweight B&B touring. Even a 1-man tent on the rack.