/ Road bike -Touring
Know next to nothing about road bikes apart from many difficulties with my £30 off a mate job (soon to be scrapped!)
Any suggestions much appreciated
If you have an old mountain bike then use that. If you don't then pick one up second hand.
Provided it has the requisite braze ons then you will be reet.
A proper tourer is nice but if funds are limited then the above will do you fine.
If you are planning loaded touring then the Specialized mentioned above would be a poor choice.
I can thoroughly recommend the Ridgeback World Voyage. It is currently retailing at slightly more than your budget (£760?) but if you're looking to do some long tours, it is worth getting a touring-specific bike, and the World Voyage is a beauty.
Several friends use OnOne and Kona bikes for touring.
As I understand it, steel is good for touring - you can usually find someone to weld a steel frame back together, but harder to find someone competent/equipped to weld aluminium.
Braze-ons are great, but not essential - I know a couple of friends have mounted luggage using P-clips round the seat stays. You can carry spares if they break and use them to replace a snapped braze-on.
Give brakes some careful thought, too - I reckon a decent mechanical disk might be the best compromise. Friend of mine arrived in India to find his hydraulic brakes had leaked on the plane and spent a fortnight trying to top them up with cooking oil!
Type in Dawes Galaxy to ebay and you'll find a selection of one of the touring workhorses all within your budget.
Ebay item 160801010657
Actually you're pretty unlikely to find a cycle tourist in your LBS. Certainly in my experience. Unless your local happens to be St John St Cycles.
I've managed tours of a similar length on a full Alu frame with carbon forks which was my old commuting bike and was within your budget. You can buy parts cheaply online but it takes some time and effort to find /build. It wasn't as comfy as a steel frame (which I've also toured on) but if you keep it light it's ok. The biggest weakness i've found with Alu frames under load is the impact on the wheels - they are fairly unforgiving if you load them up.
> Actually you're pretty unlikely to find a cycle tourist in your LBS. Certainly in my experience. Unless your local happens to be St John St Cycles.
Or Spa Cycles in HarrowGate.
What kind of price were you looking for regarding the claude butler steve? that could be a good bet
> What kind of price were you looking for regarding the claude butler steve? that could be a good bet
Dunno, about £250? If you PM me your email address I'll get some photos to you (once I've taken them!)
Email me before by Friday for more details as going to Lundy next week. Location Ripon. Well used, not abused but its a proer bike. Canondale alu very well built, good ride.
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