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    Best Bicycle Touring Bike Components? I am want to build a touring bicycle to go on long tours. I am getting the Soma Saga frame set. I am having trouble finding which components would work best for my needs. The touring will be done in the USA on paved roads/highways mostly but the ocasional dirt road might come along.

    I have found the: Campagnolo Veloce series, SRAM Apex series. and Shimano Tiagra series but I dont know if these are right for me. Any and all info able to be given will be welcomed.

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      Let me put it bluntly… You will spend 3 to 4 times MORE building your own touring road bike vs. just buying one from a bike shop. If you want to see the best components on the top touring road bikes, simply check websites of companies that make the top touring road bikes. I’ll start with mine. Just look at the specs.

      http://www.raleighusa.com/archive/2011-steel-road/sojourn-11/
      http://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/thebikes/road/aurora/12_auroraelite.html
      http://surlybikes.com/bikes/long_haul_trucker
      http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/road/touring/520/520#

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    How Good Are Carbon Frames For Touring? So, i’m looking to purchase a new bike. hopefully to go touring with my mom and friends next year after training this winter.

    really what i’m asking is;
    are carbon frames able to withstand loaded touring safely and wit good durability?

    and if not that, can you give me some good bikes for touring?

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      Durability won’t be a problem, and since you’re not likely to be mashing up a steep hill with a fully-loaded bike, any lateral frame flex isn’t likely to bother you if you even notice it.

      What might be a problem, however, is finding a carbon frame that has the necessary bits for you to attach your racks and accessories. I haven’t really looked for a touring frame in a long time, but my recollection of every carbon frame I’ve seen is that they’re pared down with no eyelets or extras beyond a couple sets of bottle bolts. I may be wrong, though….maybe someone has a carbon tour rig out there.

      As far as other frames, what marks a good touring setup is a longer wheelbase, a fork that has a little more curve at the bottom, and usually a lower bottom bracket height. All of these things help to provide some stability. They handle slower, but they do well with the odd weight distribution of a loaded bike. A dedicated touring frame will also have bunches of little extras like a 3rd or 4th set of bottle bolts, pump peg, chain holder, and proper rack mounting eyelets. You can build up any frame with parts you have…just be sure that you have sturdy wheels. Any complete new touring bike will be set up pretty well for that type of riding.

      Hope this helps some. Have fun! :o)

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    How Would You Set This Bike Up For A Long Tour…? I am going to tour around the world on this frame. I have already viewed some of the websites about others who have courageously set out on this journey.. But how would you set this frame up for touring around the world? Like parts that fit a 29er frame: fork, panniers,tires, rims,crank,camping and or survival gear…..? I am going by myself. Any feedback or tips would be cool. Thanks. Oh here is the the link to my bike. It is 100% stock right now.

    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=45758&eid=99&menuItemId=0
    Ok, maybe I need to get a touring bike. Thank you all for the feedback.

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      The term “touring” in itself designates staying on roads or light trails. Why on earth do you want or need a 29’er mountain bike? Are you climbing Pike’s Peak?

      If you are planning on going around the world… #1) Get a different bike. #2) Get a good strong, sturdy trailer to carry tent, sleeping bag, cooking utensils, clothes, food, etc. Also get a strong road bike with a steel frame & low gears for climbing hills. Any bike in this category should accept both a front & rear rack to add more panniers to carry extra tires, tubes, first aid kit, cell phone, tools, etc.

      Oh yeah…one more thing to take along. The American Express Card. You realize this jaunt of yours will run into thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of $$$.

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    Aluminum Or Steel Frame For Touring? I am ultimately looking to have a bike that is good for both everday commuting and touring with panniers/racks long distance with camping. From what I’ve read on the internet steel frames are more forgiving and ride smoother. The guy at my local bike shop tells me aluminum frames have more flex and ride better. I don’t know if he’s just trying to make a sale (Giant dealer) or to trust him, unfortunately the staff there are all just racers not tourers. If you can recommend any brands/models to check out that’d be good. From my research thus far I am in love with Co Motion bikes, just not the price! I’m looking at $1000 max for a good touring bike. Thanks!
    Also note, I’m 6’5″ 250 lbs (hoping to trim that down over the summer!). So strength to bear that weight is a factor as well.

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      At your budget, with a need to do camping/touring with a full set of racks (front/rear), your choices will be limited with new bikes…whether aluminum or steel.

      Trek’s 520, which some love and others aren’t so thrilled with, has a steel frame/fork and will carry a full set of racks. The MSRP is over $1200.

      Two other affordable options come to mind…

      One is the Jamis Aurora. Marketed as a touring bike with a steel frame/fork and currently lists under $900.
      http://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/bikes/08_bikes/08aurora.html

      The second is the Speciale CX by Masi. It too has a steel frame/fork and lists at $980. It’s marketed as a cyclocross bike that is suitable for light touring. A dealer could tell you more.
      http://masibikes.com/cycles/speciale_cx.php

      The two previous bikes lack brazeons for rack mounts up front, so they don’t seem suitable for heavy, loaded touring expeditions. But, I don’t see any models by Giant that have front rack brazeons. Actually, their forks all appear to be carbon/composite.

      I agree that the Co-Motion products look great, but their prices do seem a bit high for a welded frame, even if it is made in the US. The Surly LHT would make an extremely rugged, steel tourer. But building it up to your desired specs would likely put you way over your limit.

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