How To Find The Best Touring Bicycle

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Before you can even begin to look for your ideal touring bicycle, you first need to understand the different types of bicycles tours – as the type of touring bicycle that is going to be best for you is going to be very much determined by the type of bicycle touring you wish to conduct most often in the future.

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  1. davidbonn says:

    Great video, Darren.

    Just two thoughts.

    One is that the long-distance backpacking world has shown that it is possible to hike for literally months with a very light pack (often under around 5kg (not including food, fuel, and water)) over very rugged terrain. Many, if not most, of the gear choices for distance hiking translate well to bike touring. What I’m trying to say is that, at least for me, the distinction between light touring and long-distance fully-loaded touring isn’t quite as obvious as you make it out to be.

    My other thought is that a new trend in the touring world is “front-load bias”, which refers to using front panniers, a handlebar bag or roll, a rear saddle bag, and possibly a frame bag. The claim is that this is more stable and/or more efficient. For myself I don’t know if that is true but it does seem a lot of the cool kids are touring this way now.

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