sorry about late reply i have not been online all day after posting this. im planning a long distance trip to portland from here most likely next spring so im doing some early planning. so it will be all weather big hills and mountains. time is not a issue im doing this trip as a move thing so i really dont have any plans on when i need to get there. i have also been told that the surly lht is a good bike for distance and really thinking about getting it. pretty much i know of what needs to be packed in such a situation because im hopping to camp out most of the time so the lest i rely on motels the better. but what to expert on such a long ride this im still very un aware. i would just hate to be stranded some where in the middle of no were with out knowing curtain basic touring stuff.
but what to expert on such a long ride this im still very un aware. i would just hate to be stranded some where in the middle of no were with out knowing curtain basic touring stuff.
I'm interested in this question too. I am planning on purchasing a touring bike, but am unsure what to get. My first trip I am planning is a circle around lake Michigan, roughly 1000 miles over the course of two weeks. People say Surly LHT is a great bike, but I keep coming across negative reviews, so finding a light to medium touring bike is what am looking for, as I am just getting started. I have a sibling converting a mountain bike for touring, is this asinine? Could I do that to my Giant Boulder SE? I get that with racks and panniers, quality and price tend to go hand in hand, but bikes vary. Thanks in advanced.
I'm interested in this question too. I am planning on purchasing a touring bike, but am unsure what to get. My first trip I am planning is a circle around lake Michigan, roughly 1000 miles over the course of two weeks. People say Surly LHT is a great bike, but I keep coming across negative reviews
Of course there are numerous other brands that make high-quality touring bikes in the same price range as a Surly LHT, so I wouldn't limit myself to Surly. If you are in the market for a new bike, I suggest you read this article from the Adventure Cycling Association. It gives a rundown of all touring bikes under $1500 currently available in the US
Beware Glen's advise. If you intend to do anything of sustained distance, the bike will take more of a beating than you might think. Anything that could break, WILL break. I often see posts from people trying to save money on essentials such as racks, panniers, etc. If a $100 touring rack (such as a Tubus Cargo, just to give one example) is more than you want to lay out... my advise is touring isn't for you. I have heard so many people tell of their great low-budget "mods" only to have their trip cut short by disastrous, avoidable problems. Just my 2 cents, nothing more.
Glen (FTF) said:...my next trip will be a 240 something mile trip...on a pedi cab....
Wow Glen! Please post your experiences on this thread when you return. What's a PediCab like on the hills? Does it become unstable coming downhill fast?
As far a selecting a bike, the difference between a touring bike and a racing road bike is really only frame geometry: a racing bike is very rigid, with sharp frame angles, short tubes and short wheel base, in order to obtain maximum efficiency. Some people don't like the rough, bumpy ride of a racing bike. But any flex in a bike robs a bit of your power flexing the tubes, instead of driving the bike forward. So if you want maximum efficiency, you want maximum stiffness.
A touring bike on the other hand, is designed for long, comfortable rides. It has relaxed frame angles and longer tubes and wheelbase. But you pay for that comfort with a lot of flexing....and lost efficiency. Myself, I've never liked that trade-off. I do all my touring on a RRB custom-made racing frame...and have never regretted it.
.... I've even heard of people touring on early 90s steel framed mountain bikes since they tended to have all of those things. ...