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New Bike Time Soon? - Cab

Apr. 16th, 2012

11:07 am - New Bike Time Soon?

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Pondering on bike 3.

Bike 1, the daily hybrid, is a fairly rugged bike to take up and down kerbs (as thats what cycle lanes tend to do), to take off road if I want to, to survive the daily pot holes, etc. Has to take a beating and keep going.

Bike 2 is the funky racer. Old school (early '80s) racing bike, I'd say what make but at heart its a bitsa, with no two components matching. Its fun, its fast, but its a bit uncomfortable for long distance riding.

Bike 3... Want a comfy touring bike.

Now I could get a good framed Giant road bike and add racks, play with gears, etc. But, no. Not the point of a road bike. The Trek touring bikes I liked aren't as easily available now. Not seeing them about. Dawes are okay (reliable, dependible, lots of other words ending in 'ible') but dull (but in a comfy touring bike, don't I WANT dull?). Other brands too of course - but yet to find one in a price bracket I'm happy with that comes to spec.

So, dunno.

Will continue pondering.


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Date:April 16th, 2012 11:16 am (UTC)
I think if I were looking for a touring bike, I'd want one with an armchair seat and built in umbrella that I could put on "automatic pedalling" when I got tired - or maybe a tandem with a chauffeur doing the pedalling up front!!!! Oh and a Kindle app in the handlebars!!!!
Seriously though, for touring you really do have to take the time to choose something that will do all the things that you need it for and to be comfortable to ride for long distances at a stretch. Good luck with your ponderings. I hope you find something that fits the bill.
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Date:November 4th, 2014 07:19 pm (UTC)
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