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Looking for a touring bike to use for the summer!
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I am a high school junior and this summer I am doing a bike trip across the country from Charleston, South Carolina to Santa Monica, California. I need to use one of the following bikes: Trek 520,…Continue

Tags: Jamis Aurora, Fuji Touring, Novara Randonee, Surly Long Haul Trucker, Trek 520

Started this discussion. Last reply by Samantha Jan 9, 2013.

 

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Samantha replied to Samantha's discussion Looking for a touring bike to use for the summer!
"Thank you all for your comments. I have the finances of the trip and airfare carefully worked out, but it is hard enough to make the money I need for this trip as a busy student and athlete who can only work a part time job with fairly low pay,…"
Jan 9, 2013
notoriousDUG replied to Samantha's discussion Looking for a touring bike to use for the summer!
"That has to be one of the dumbest things I have ever seen for a variety of reasons... You pay 6 grand only to be TOLD what kind of bike you have to get only to be limited to not only a very small selection of the EXCELLENT touring bikes out there…"
Jan 9, 2013
Samantha replied to Samantha's discussion Looking for a touring bike to use for the summer!
"All of these touring bikes look awesome but I'm actually required to have one of the ones I listed in order to do the trip"
Jan 9, 2013
Cameron 7.5 mi replied to Samantha's discussion Looking for a touring bike to use for the summer!
"Samantha, What are you currently ridding? A lot of bikes can be modified for touring."
Jan 9, 2013
Cameron 7.5 mi replied to Samantha's discussion Looking for a touring bike to use for the summer!
"The 200 and 600 series were Miyata's midrange touring bikes and the 1000 LT was their flagship touring bike. The 300 series were more recreational road bikes. "
Jan 9, 2013
Will replied to Samantha's discussion Looking for a touring bike to use for the summer!
"It might have some advantages, but the handlebars would be a deal-breaker for me. I wouldn't think of touring on those bars, and converting to drop bars would be very inconvenient. The 26" wheels, cantis, and dual-eyelet fork are nice,…"
Jan 9, 2013
ilter replied to Samantha's discussion Looking for a touring bike to use for the summer!
"And I think this is a better touring bike than either of them: http://www.thechainlink.org/forum/topics/1985-schwinn-mirada-17-150"
Jan 8, 2013
Will replied to Samantha's discussion Looking for a touring bike to use for the summer!
"This is a better bike for touring than the Trek. It might need $300 or so for a tuneup and some fresh parts, but you could probably sell it for nearly what you put into it, and it's actually a good bike for what you need. Looks like it might be…"
Jan 8, 2013
Kelvin Mulcky replied to Samantha's discussion Looking for a touring bike to use for the summer!
"You'll probably need $200-300 in replacement parts and tuneups after the ride to get the bike back into shape. Maybe you're better off buying a cheaper bike? Like this: http://chicago.craigslist.org/nwc/bik/3531406313.html  Maybe…"
Jan 8, 2013
Apie (10.6) replied to Samantha's discussion Looking for a touring bike to use for the summer!
"It would be hard for me to give up a bike I would be spending so much time with. I would concentrate on buying a bike before I made plans for a country long bike trip."
Jan 8, 2013
Samantha replied to Samantha's discussion Looking for a touring bike to use for the summer!
"I don't have the money to buy one even used and my parents said if I want to do the trip I have to find a bike. I'll keep looking for one not too expensive and used but I'd still prefer to "borrow" one"
Jan 8, 2013
Cameron 7.5 mi replied to Samantha's discussion Looking for a touring bike to use for the summer!
"One of those that's over a few years old is still a fine bike and has probably depreciated most of the way. Barring any damage, you could probably sell a 4 year old 520 next year for about what you'd have to pay to get a 3 year old 520…"
Jan 8, 2013
notoriousDUG replied to Samantha's discussion Looking for a touring bike to use for the summer!
"With a good tune up at the start and a good tune up after that much riding you are most of the way to a good used touring bike."
Jan 8, 2013
TehDoak replied to Samantha's discussion Looking for a touring bike to use for the summer!
"Honestly, I would think with the volume of travel and the time you need it, you would be better off finding one used (you've got plenty of time) and simply selling it when you are done.   I've seen a few of these go for between…"
Jan 8, 2013
Samantha replied to Samantha's discussion Looking for a touring bike to use for the summer!
"A 54 is ideal but 52 would probably also be fine. I would be willing to try a 56 but it might be too big."
Jan 7, 2013
Kelvin Mulcky replied to Samantha's discussion Looking for a touring bike to use for the summer!
"What size?"
Jan 7, 2013

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What I ride:
Road
The kind of riding I do:
Recreational, Exercise, Distance
About me:
I love doing tours. Last summer I rode Seattle to San Fran and this summer I'm doing coast to coast (Charleston, South Carolina to Santa Monica, California).

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