The following is a list of touring bikes with 26 inch wheels. The biggest advantage of a touring bike with 26″ wheels vs. 700c wheels is that 26 inch wheels are easier to repair and find replacement parts for no matter where you are in the world. 700c wheels can typically only be found in North America, Europe, and other large cities around the world.
Additionally, 26″ wheels are typically wider than 700c wheels and therefore handle off-road conditions much better than a traditional touring bike. For this reason, 26 inch wheeled touring bikes are often the choice of bicycle travelers who are cycling around the world and through a diverse range of road conditions.
You can get more information about each of these bicycles on their corresponding company websites or by reading about them in greater detail inside ” The Essential Guide To Touring Bicycles.”
The touring bikes shown below have been listed in alphabetical order according to their manufacturer. Some of these bicycles can be ordered with either 700c or 26″ wheels.
Hedgehog – www.bilenky.com
Midlands – www.bilenky.com
Nor’Easter – www.bilenky.com
Tourlite 26″ – www.bilenky.com
BLT-X – www.bgcycles.com
Pangea – www.co-motion.com
WorldTraveller – www.koga.com
Navigo – www.kross.pl
Safari – www.rei.com
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To view more than 200 different touring bicycles and learn how to select the right touring bicycle for you, please see: The Essential Guide To Touring Bicycles.
Have I missed any? I’m sure I have!
If you know of a 26 inch wheeled bicycle made specifically for touring that you think should be on this list, please leave a comment below with the name of the company, the bike model, and a link to the appropriate website. The bike should be a complete bicycle with wheels, components, and front and rear braze-ons for the placement of racks and panniers.