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Which Bike is best to get for touring?

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

  1. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    Woops sorry, I missed that!
    Post edited:smile:.
     
  2. Heltor Chasca

    Heltor Chasca Out-Riding the Black Dog

    Dare one mention Surly Moloko bars. The cat’s dressing gown.
     
  3. Heltor Chasca

    Heltor Chasca Out-Riding the Black Dog

    But it wouldn’t be a train smash if you did find touring wasn’t your thing due to the versatility of tourers. If I had to keep one bike it would be my tourer. Commuting, utility, Audax, leisure, winter ice bike, off road etc. It’s a very flexible canvas to work around.
     
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  4. Alan O

    Alan O Über Member

    Location:
    Liverpool
    Yep, that's very true - the one I'd keep would also be my tourer.
     
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    Grolsche11976

    Grolsche11976 Member

    I'm not sure why I wouldnt like touring, as I do enjoy riding my bike. It'd be like going camping in the car except you can enjoy the route and scenery as it doesnt have to pass by so quickly
     
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  6. hoopdriver

    hoopdriver Über Member

    Location:
    East Sussex
    Exactly! You’ll love it. It will bring back the magic of travel once more.
     
  7. Salar

    Salar Senior Member

    Location:
    Wales
    All this talk about touring is getting me itching to get back on the bike.

    I've had a torn meniscus or bursitis (not sure which without further tests) in the knee for the past three weeks which is taking ages to heal and I'm still hobbling around.
    Can't even walk the dog!

    Sorry for the diversion. :blush:
     
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  8. GrumpyGregry

    GrumpyGregry non-contributing ex-member

    plus slippers and a decent malt.
     
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  9. GrumpyGregry

    GrumpyGregry non-contributing ex-member

    I may be alone but there are moments in my touring career, especially back when I was forced through penury to camp, which I still wish had passed more quickly. Sometimes, some days, some roads, a loaded bike on tour is just a case of suck it up and grind it out.
     
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  10. Alan O

    Alan O Über Member

    Location:
    Liverpool
    Sounds like some kind of milk chocolate.
     
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  11. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

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    Or head for the nearest pub. :cheers:
     
  12. Liz Su

    Liz Su Über Member

    Theres nothing like putting a tent up in the pitch black and in the p###ing rain and being frozen to death in wet clothes.
    I bet the majority of touring bikes have been nowhere near a tour.
     
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    Grolsche11976

    Grolsche11976 Member

    Sounds good to me stopping along the way for a pint of Homebrew :smile:
     
  14. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

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    That's why I loved my old Litchfield 'Viper 2', you could put the thing up in 2 minutes in fact it only took 1 to get the flysheet up then the inner hung on 2 hooks.
     
  15. GrumpyGregry

    GrumpyGregry non-contributing ex-member

    To paraphrase Ma Thatcher "If a grown adult is still camping by the time they are 30, they've failed."

    I accept that to some camping is the very zenith of leisure, and not everyone has the level of disposable income to do otherwise, yet I'd rather stab my head with a tent peg.
     
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