As world travel becomes more popular for “bicycle tourists”, I think there is going to an increasing desire for touring bikes that can handle any sort of road conditions one might encounter. While traditional touring bikes are great for most long distance bike tours, an extended trip on dirt roads and narrow single-track trails is going to require a more sturdy and reliable steed.
Here you see the Koga-Miyata WolrdTraveller Touring Bike, decked out with fenders, kickstand, front and rear rack, lights, water bottles, pump, and most important of all… 26 inch wheels.
Why are 26 inch wheels so important? Because when you travel around the world, 26 inch wheels are the easiest to find. Many remote parts of the world do not sell 700c tires or tubes, so having a bike with parts that can be purchased and/or repaired along the way is of utmost importance.