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Just so we can keep the road dir's thread pure I thought I'd start a general thread.

I'm lusting after this beauty these days...



Comes complete with racks and lights. I love the look but actually hate the fact it's there "eco bike". I bet they could have knocked another $100 off the $650 price without the green selling angle.
 

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It looks like a custom made touring bike I saw. Except for the chainguard. That kind of gives it away as a 3 speed.

I'll agree it's pricy too. Especially for a steel bicycle. There's lots better available for a lot less.
 

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I'll agree it's pricy too. Especially for a steel bicycle. There's lots better available for a lot less.
What comparable bikes are there? I liked the fact that everything has matching paint and it comes with lights and dyno hubs. Would be better if it was a seven speed too.
 

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I'm suprised! The two manufacturers I checked, Diamondback and Giant don't even have a "touring" bike category. Fully dressed with fenders, lights & carriers.
This isn't even the same style, not much cheaper but a much better bicycle.
Giant Tran Send DX - Bicycles and gear for every type of riding - Diamondback, Fox, Giant, Haro, Felt
(sorry about that, couldn't make the link work)

Personally I'd look for an aluminum hydroformed frame for strength & lightness, 700mm rims, casette crank bearings, and trigger shifts for something over 20 speeds.
BTW all of which all of which this bike has. If I wanted lights & front carrier get them from nashbar.com. What I'm figuring out is that LED's are the way to go if they're 1/2 watt LED's or bigger. They're battery powered, no generator required.

But..it's not the classic touring style.
 

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Personally I'd look for an aluminum hydroformed frame for strength & lightness, 700mm rims, casette crank bearings, and trigger shifts for something over 20 speeds.
Oh they make them just like that. I call them a road bike. LOL! I much prefer a classic look than high performance. I have a $1,200 Giant road bike and it is simply a souless tool. But my old $300 Trek hybrid? Now that baby's got personality and soul.

While the belleville is only a three speed and I'd like it even more if it had a few more gears I don't think it's too few either. In reality I see little need for 20+ gears.
 

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Personally I'd look for an aluminum hydroformed frame for strength & lightness, 700mm rims, casette crank bearings, and trigger shifts for something over 20 speeds.
Most tourers I know prefer steel frames which are just as strong as aluminum but offer a superior ride quality.
 

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I generally hate double top tubes but this looks nice. Rivendell Bombadil.

 

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I admire touring bikes, and the people who ride them. We saw a pair of guys on the bike trail just outside of Cincinnati. They had touring bikes with saddle bags front & rear. My grandson asked them where they were headed. They answered, "Pittsburgh".

It'd be nice to actually go somewhere on my bike. Getting kind of tired of riding in a circle. It's a big circle, but still a circle none the less.
 

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Izzat about a 62cm frame? What do they do for smaller frames? Run the second top tube between the downtube and the seattube?
I believe that bike uses 26" wheels so that frame isn't that big but yes, I believe they just run the second tube from seat tube to down tube.
 

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