Which Bike is best to get for touring?

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by Grolsche11976, 31 Jan 2018.

  1. Aravis

    Aravis No Regret

    If you do decide to go for a new tourer, I see Evans have a few 2017 Jamis Auroras on clearance (£599 down from £749), and for once, the ones they have left are in the range for average-sized guys - 55cm/57cm/59cm. I don't know much about them but they seem well-regarded.


    Their site is showing just two of the 57s at branches nationwide - one at Sheffield, one at Castleford.
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  2. hoopdriver

    hoopdriver Veteran

    East Sussex
    I did a 10,000 mile solo tour around Australia twenty years ago on a tourer with 700c (35mm) tyres and had no troubles whatsoever. I very much prefer drops as they give me a variety of hand positions for long days in the road, rather than being fixed in one position all the time.
  3. OP

    Grolsche11976 Member

    I'm not sure if I'd like the bar end shifters. I likw stuff where I can reach them easily.
  4. hoopdriver

    hoopdriver Veteran

    East Sussex
    I’ve used bar end shifters exclusively on my tourers for more than 30 years. They are easy to reach and it is not as though you’re shifting constantly when you’re touring anyway. They also have the advantage, if you are touring in really remote places, of being dead simple and never breaking down.
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  5. OP

    Grolsche11976 Member

  6. Dirk

    Dirk If 6 Was 9

    Devon's Gold Coast
  7. Heltor Chasca

    Heltor Chasca Out-Riding the Black Dog

    Another fan of bar end shifters. Agricultural yes, but easy to fix in the field. Even better for clipping a washing line to.
  8. Salar

    Salar Über Member

    Toured around Normandy and France for a week on a 90's Marin Muirwood MTB.
    All I did was put slicks on and a rear rack.
    Rode 120 miles on it one day with no problem (I got lost!).
    Last edited: 1 Feb 2018
  9. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

    On 3 Wheels
    Aluminium frame so probably not that good.

    FWIW I tour on one of three different bikes depending on what I need them to do,
    • An old Raleigh Equipe set up as an 'Audax' style bike for light point to point rides of about 5 days, set up with a Carradice 'Longflap' camper saddlebag and a rear rack.
    • A slightly less old (90s) Raleigh 'Outlander' rigid MTB with a Topeak rack and bag that pulls a trailer for lengthier 'holiday' tours based mainly at one location with day 'rambles' from a bigger tent with Chairs.
    • A similar age Ridgeback CS 502 hybrid that is just a faster version of the 'Outlander' with again a Topeak rack and bag but also a pair of large Carradice panniers but not really strong enough to drag the trailer (lighter/narrower wheels)
    Of them all the Ridgeback is the best compromise and does a fantastic job.

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  10. Salar

    Salar Über Member

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  11. Dave 123

    Dave 123 Guru

    I'll give another shout for Spa. I have the titanium version of their tourer. It's bomb proof and comfortable.
    I've used it on a tour around Holland and as my daily commute bike, where it gets a lot of crud and abuse thrown at it.

    The only problem I've had with it is that the saddle broke (Spa Nidd) After sending them a picture of said saddle, they sent a new one out FOC immediately.
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  12. GrumpyGregry

    GrumpyGregry Here for rides.

    As do we all. Which is why many of us like bar end shifters! ;)
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  13. User32269

    User32269 Guest

    My advice would be to not spend a lot of money before you've tried touring. Rigid cro mo mtbs make great tourers.
    I'm putting a rack and mud guards on my old Univega mtb to use it as a commuter / touring bike.

    They are comfortable, 26" wheels can take the weight, offer a really good spread of gears with the triple chain ring, have no problem going off road, and are simple to maintain and repair.
    One thing I do is to fit bar ends on, I find this gives you options to shift hand position on long treks using flat bars.
  14. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    Butterfly 'bars are the cats pyjamas:smile:.

    Edited to correct an error.
    Last edited: 1 Feb 2018
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  15. Alan O

    Alan O Über Member

    I did :rolleyes:
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