Touring bicycle color, paint job, color, and rust prevention on a steel frame
paint job is the least important aspect when shopping for and buying touring bicycles. Usually if a bike
frame is high quality then the paint will equal this quality and not have premature
problems. Frame paint colors on high end touring bicycles are very limited
and tour cycles often come with
only one color option. I suggest you find the bike that works for you
and learn to like the color, whatever it may be.
I prefer my touring bicycles to be as
unnoticeable as possible. A bland bike looks inexpensive. A
bright flashy paint job with a well-known logo is the first pick among thieves. Dull colors do not
scream money and become obnoxious in poor countries. Dark colors blend
in with local bikes.
I often find myself hiding in the woods and
camping without permission or security. In these times, it is best be
discrete. Most touring cyclists will do this out of necessity. It
helps if your touring bike, panniers, and tent are as camouflaged as possible. I like black, grey or any other darkish
color. I suppose that olive drab would be an ideal color but I have
never seen this.
Rust is a big problem with steel touring bicycles
and racks because the bike is usually locked up outside your tent at night in
all kinds of weather. On a bike tour it is often necessary to ride in
rain, snow, and through deep river crossings. There are a few tips and
tricks in the video below that will make a steel touring bike and racks last
The bikes below are sold online and shipped to
your address. Online bikes are a very good value but hard
to find so I have rounded up my favorites. Shop All
Touring Bicycles Here
This is the type of bike I have done most of
my traveling on. Great for road and off road with an agile
geometry and accepts wide or narrow tires.