Accept the call from the open road, but there’s nothing more romantic than the idea of a multi-day bike ride: getting on a capable bicycle and pedaling for days across the countryside and small towns, with everything you need tied to your picture. The tour is not about moving fast, it is a self-sufficient exploration, and requires a bicycle that can comfortably drive for hours while carrying a heavy load.
In an industry that thrives on specialization, the Touring Bikes are designed to be a versatile machine that can be your daily commute, as well as the bicycle that takes you from Portland. Ride bikes differ from “normal” road bikes in some ways.If you can only choose one type of bicycle, we believe that a touring bicycle can satisfy multiple needs. This is what you need to look for.
Classic, Adventure, & Expedition:
Classic touring bicycles are typically made of steel, have a vertical geometry, long chains and often have fenders and a rear luggage rack. They can look vintage even if they are new. The wheels of the classic touring motorcycles are usually 700 c and have a high number of radios. Classic touring bicycles used to have rim brakes, but mechanical disc brakes are beginning to take over the category. Classic touring bicycles may have a flat bar or a drop bar.
Adventure bikes are designed to blur the lines between mountain bikes and road bikes. They love the pavement, they love gravel, they love the earth, and that’s good because you may find all those surfaces during your journey. They usually have a drop bar, mechanical or hydraulic disc brakes and a “distributor choice” of wheel sizes with room for a variety of tire sizes. And many adventure bikes are equipped to handle a drip stand.
The expedition jet skis are exactly as they sound: corpulent steers designed to handle large miles in remote territory. They are almost always made of steel, with 26-inch wheels and rim brakes. All this is designed to make it easier to work with them and find spare parts, even if you are in a small city whose name you can not pronounce.
Materials for tourism bikes:
Steel is the classic frame option because it is strong, rigid and can be fixed in a hurry by any mechanic with a torch. But you will find many aluminum bicycles for tourism and also an increasing number of carbon frames, although repairing a carbon frame in rural areas is not really an option. You can also find titanium bicycles for tourism, which are remarkably expensive, but are sturdy and lightweight, and vibration damping can be a blessing on difficult roads and dirt.
The configuration of the traditional tour is saddlebags on the front and rear tires, and sometimes a handlebar bag. One way to reduce the cost and weight is to carry only one set of suitcases, either on the front or rear tires. There has been an energetic debate in the cycling community about whether it is better to use the front or rear panniers. Ultimately, it will be a personal choice. The most important factor is to keep each side as balanced as possible.
Tourism bicycle geometry:
There are a handful of subtle differences within the geometries of road bikes that differentiate them from road bikes. The geometry of the route is more vertical, creating a driving position that is more comfortable for long hours in the chair. You will see that different bicycle companies refer to this as their “resistance” or “adventure” geometry. This geometry of “resistance” manifests itself in different ways. The wheelbase and chain housing of a classic touring bicycle is generally longer to make room for rear frames and suitcases, and the lower support is generally lower to increase stability.
The steering tube is usually longer on a touring bicycle, essentially raising the handlebar, and there is more slack, which helps extend the wheelbase. Touring bikes usually also have a shorter top tube, or more importantly, a shorter “reach”, which is the distance from the center of the lower support to the top of the head tube. All this is designed to keep you upright, which literally makes you get less to the handlebar.
We also use our own experience in bicycle tourism. Cycling bikes are excellent for those who travel daily because they are tough, reliable and designed to carry suitcases. On a trip, just like on a long, open road, you are likely to encounter some similar road conditions, such as potholes and occasional gravel.