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START HERE for Touring Bikes and Commuting Bicycles
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Bicycle Touring Frames 
The Steel Repair Myth.
Steel and Aluminum Derailleur Hanger Repair.
Bicycle Touring Wheels
Phil Wood: The Best Bicycle Hubs

Panniers / Bike Bags
Cargo Trailers Vs Panniers
Tires for Bike Tours..
Bicycle Touring Saddles.
Women's Specific Bike Touring Saddles
Brooks Leather Touring Bicycle Saddle Care and Conditioning
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Touring Bicycle we Recomend

We get asked all the time about what kind of touring bicycles we like and what is the best or most economical tour bike.  This is difficult to answer because of several factures including personal preferences, the type of cycle touring trip the bike is intended for, and cost.  For us, we are so picky

we have no bike soncor - we like 26 inch but understand most peole prefer 700c - we have no touring bike soncor or endorcements

Below are some of the best buys in

Surly Long Haul Trucker

Raleigh Sojourn Touring Bike

Novara Safari Touring Bike

Novara Randonee


 


SURLY LONG HAUL TRUCKER COMPLETE BIKE 09

SURLY LONG HAUL TRUCKER COMPLETE BIKE 09

SURLY LONG HAUL TRUCKER COMPLETE BIKE 09

SURLY LONG HAUL TRUCKER COMPLETE BIKE 09 - $ 1095.00
All Surly bikes include free professional assembly. Please allow 2 business days prior to shipment.

Designed primarily as a road touring bike, but capable of so muchmore. Long day trips, commuting, a double century, etc. Still handlesgreat, but with a more laid-back geometry than a traditional Americanroad-racing machine for all-day comfort and easy handling. Long Haul Truckers 54cm and smaller use 26" wheels, making them ideal for shorter riders who require a lower standover height. 56cm and larger frames use traditional 700c wheels.
 
  • Designed to be stable at speed, even when fully loaded
  • Accepts racks, big tires, fenders, etc.
  • 3 bottle mounts (nice to have an extra for a lighting system battery, fuel cannister, etc) plus a spare spoke holder - a must for extended adventures
SPECIFICATIONS
100% Surly 4130 chromoly steel frame and fork, with butted main triangle tubes and a nice lugged/brazed fork
Ritchey Logic Comp threadless headset
Kalloy 1 1/8" threadless stem
PMT aluminum handlebars with cork wrap
Tektro R200A levers and Oryx cantilever brakes for powerful braking under load
Shimano 9speed bar-end shifters
Shimano Tiagra front derailleur, Shimano XT rear
Andel forged triple crank with 26/36/48 rings, Shimano UN53 bottom bracket
Pedals not included
Kalloy seatpost with Surly constrictor clamp
WTB SST saddle
Wide-range Deore cassette with 11-34 teeth, SRAM PC 971 chain
Alex Adventurer 36h rims, laced to Shimano XT hubs with sturdy 14G DT Swiss stainless spokes
WTB Slickasaurus tires with presta tubes

GEOMETRY
 


 
42 cm 46 cm 50 cm 52 cm 54 cm 56 cm 58 cm 60 cm 62 cm
ST (C-T)
Inches
mm
 

16.5
420.0

18.1
460.0

19.7
500.0

20.5
520.0

21.3
540.0

22.0
560.0

22.8
580.0

23.6
600.0

24.4
620.0

TT (C-C)
Inches
mm
 


19.4
492.6

20.0
508.3

20.7
525.1

21.1
534.8

21.6
549.5

22.2
564.4

22.8
580.1

23.4
593.8

23.8
603.5

TT (Effec.)
Inches  
mm
 


19.9
505.0

20.3
515.0

20.9
530.0

21.3
540.0

21.9
555.0

22.4
570.0

23.1
586.0

23.6
600.0

24.0
610.0

HT Angle
degrees

70.0 70.0 71.0 71.0 71.0 72.0 72.0 72.0 72.0

ST Angle
degrees

75.0 74.5 74.0 73.5 73.0 73.0 72.5 72.5 72.0

BB Drop
Inches
mm


1.9
47.0

1.9
47.0

1.9
47.0

1.9
47.0

1.9
47.0

3.1
78.0

3.1
78.0

3.1
78.0

3.1
78.0

CS Length
Inches
mm


18.1
460.0

18.1
460.0

18.1
460.0

18.1
460.0

18.1
460.0

18.1
460.0

18.1
460.0

18.1
460.0

18.1
460.0

Wheel Sizes
26"
700c


x

 
x x x x
x

x

x

x

Wheel Base
Inches
mm


40.8
1036.6

41.1
1042.7

41.2
1046.8

41.5
1053.1

41.9
1064.0

41.6
1055.7

42.0
1066.7

42.6
1080.9

42.7
1085.3

S.O. Height**
Inches
mm


27.7
703.0

28.5
723.8

29.8
756.9

30.5
775.1

31.2
793.1

32.0
812.2

32.7
830.0

33.5
849.7

34.1
867.3

HT Length
Inches
mm


4.4
110.7

4.6
116.7

5.7
144.0

6.4
163.0

7.2
182.0

6.0
152.0

6.7
171.0

7.4
189.0

8.3
210.0

FK Length
Inches
mm


14.8
376.0

14.8
376.0

14.8
376.0

14.8
376.0

14.8
376.0

15.4
390.0

15.4
390.0

15.4
390.0

15.4
390.0

FK Rake
Inches
mm


1.8
45.0

1.8
45.0

1.8
45.0

1.8
45.0

1.8
45.0

1.8
45.0

1.8
45.0

1.8
45.0

1.8
45.0

**Standover height for the 26" model is based on a Primo Racer 26 x 1.25" tire that measures 628mm in diameter.
Standover height for the 700c model is based on a Rivendell (Panaracer) Ruffy Tuffy 700 x 28 (actually closer in size to 700 x 32) tire that measures 690mm in diameter


 
 

Size

42cm

46cm

50cm

52cm

54cm

56cm

58cm

60cm

62cm

Stem Length
inches
mm

2.75
70.0

3.1
80.0

3.1
80.0

3.5
90.0

3.9
100.0

3.9
100.0

4.3
110.0

4.7
120.0

4.7
120.0
Stem Angle**
degrees
 

84.0

84.0

84.0

96.0

96.0

96.0

96.0

96.0

96.0
Hbar Width
inches
mm

15.3
390.0

15.3
390.0

16.1
410.0

16.1
410.0

16.5
420.0

16.5
420.0

16.9
430.0

16.9
430.0

17.7
450.0
Crank Length
inches
mm

6.7
170.0

6.7
170.0

6.7
170.0

6.7
170.0

6.9
175.0

6.9
175.0

6.9
175.0

6.9
175.0

6.9
175.0
** Stems can be flip-flopped to customize angle


Allbikes come with JenonUSA's complementary Free Pro Build Service, pleaseallow 3 business days for your bike to be assembled, inspected andpacked before shipping.

 

 

 

 


 

Raleigh Sojourn

Raleigh Sojourn Touring Bike - 2009

If you've got epic trips in mind, or even more modest commutes, the Raleigh Sojourn Touring bike is ready to carry you and comes complete with rack, fenders, pump and a Brooks saddle! Reynolds 520 steel frame offers smooth handling and strength under heavy loads; spoke holder and pump peg complement the classic touring design. Shimano drivetrain offers smooth shifting through 27 gears designed to get you and your equipment up and over mountain passes and across the flatlands. Avid BB5 Road mechanical disc brakes ensure powerful braking power in even the worst conditions. Tough double-walled rims and puncture-resistant Vittoria Randonneur Cross tires have the durability needed to log long miles. Classic Brooks B17 aged leather saddle offers legendary comfort and performance. Making an already sweet package all that much better, the Sojourn comes with a rear rack, SKS fenders, bell and Lezyne Pressure Drive pump. No fancy shoes required—platform pedals with toe clips accommodate many casual shoes. Specs are subject to change.

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700c (road bike size)  Road bike or 700C wheels are the most common size available for touring bikes in America and Canada.  A 700c wheel meant for commuting or loaded self contained bicycle touring will be wider, beefier, and heavier than a wheel meant for a road racing bike.I

Novara Randonee Bike 700c touring bicycle
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Click for more information
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26 inch (mountain bike size)  Far less common is a touring bike that incorporates a 26 inch or mountain bike wheel.  Twenty-six inch wheeled touring bikes will have the same size wheels as a mountain bike but the frame geometries are much different.  The main advantage to 26 inch wheels is tires and tubes can be bought throughout the world.  700c tires are very difficult to find in developing countries.  26 inch wheeled touring bikes are rare in the USA and Canada.  I personally prefer 26 inch wheel for several reasons especially when touring internationally.  (wheel information page)

26 inch wheel touring bicycle
Novara Safari Touring Bike - 2009
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Novara Safari Touring Bike - 2009

Novara Safari Touring Bike - 2009

The ultimate adventure-touring cycle, Safari rides on—even when the pavement runs out! New Kinesis aluminum double-butted frame is strong yet lightweight; chromoly, double-butted fork is built for solid steering under heavy loads. 27-speed drivetrain is designed for ease of use and reliability with low maintenance; ideal for the loads and long distances of touring. SRAM Attack shifters offer easy, intuitive shifting; Shimano disc brakes provide dependable stopping power in all kinds of conditions. ATS adjustable stem gives you a precise fit; handlebars allow a variety of hand positions. Durable Alex DP17 rims are mounted with Vittoria Randonneur tires for excellent performance on- or off-road. Fizik Nisene saddle and Kalloy microadjustable seatpost create a smooth riding experience. Comes ready to travel with a sturdy aluminum rear rack. . . Specs are subject to change.

 

The option of buying knobby tires in any city of the world is another perk  On more than one occasion we have rolled into a small village and learned of and been invited to ride with local cyclist on some great trails.  With our 26 inch wheels we either sought out the village bike shop or borrowed knobby tire from a local rider.


they both weight nearly the same and have a geometry that is meant for speed, comfort, and accommodating heavy loads. If the same width tire is used on both bikes, I think you would find them to have a similar speed. A much bigger factor in a touring bikes speed is the fitness of the rider and the load on the bike.

THE DIFFERENCE tire rim spoke availability 36 hole

26 inch wheels  2 picts of bad tires - 1 irupauto mex and 2 salar de uni bolivia

26 Inch Mountain Bike Wheels and Tires =

I wanted a touring bike with a 26 inch wheel set.  This size tire and tube can be found in any bike shop around the world because it used on Mountain Bikes.  The same can be said for finding proper inner tubes.

I once met a couple from Switzerland, while in Southern Mexico, who were desperately looking for wide 700c touring tires.  All they could find at the bike shops was what the local road racers used which is about as wide as one of your fingers. (700 x 20 -23)  They were forced to buy these narrow tires that probably wore out fast and had to be unstable on steep descents. 


26 inch wheel touring bicycle

700c wheel touring bike

 

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