Specific Touring Bikes To Consider

Here are some popular, commonly available touring bikes, in no particular order…

1. Trek 520

Trek 520

Features: Steel frame with 700c wheels. Shimano Deore components. Bontrager back rack. Classic drop handlebars.
Cost: $1,400 U.S. for the 2012 model.
Website: http://www.trekbikes.com

2. Santos Travelmaster

Santos Travelmaster

Features: Dutch built. Loads of options to customise the bike just the way you want it. Steel or aluminium frame. 26” or 700c wheels. Belt drive, Rohloff hub or derailleur. 24 colours.
Cost: From $1,700 U.S.
Website: http://www.santosbikes.com

3. Thorn Sherpa

Thorn Sherpa

Features: A sturdy expedition touring bike, with steel frame and derailleur from a well regarded UK builder.
Cost: From $1,700 U.S.
Website: http://www.sjscycles.com

4. Surly Long Haul Trucker

Surly LHT
Features: One of the most popular choices for a midrange touring bike, with a great reputation for reliability and comfort. Steel frame with 26” or 700c wheels. Disc or rim brakes.
Cost: $1,100 U.S.
Website: http://www.surlybikes.com

5. Fahrrad Manufaktur TX-400

Fahrrad Manufaktur

Features: Rohloff or derailleur equipped. Steel. 26” wheels. Choice of ladies frame.
Cost: From $1,700 U.S.
Website: http://www.fahrradmanufaktur.de

6. Tout Terrain Silkroad

Tout Terrain

Features: Flat bars, Rohloff hub or derailleur. Disc brakes. Can accommodate suspension fork. Integrated rack with 40kg capacity. 60mm tire clearance. Made in Europe.
Cost: From $2,400 U.S.
Website: http://www.tout-terrain.de

7. Ridgeback Panorama

Ridgeback Panorama

Features: Shimano Deore hubs and derailleur. Drop handlebars. Steel frame. SPD pedals. Can be upgraded to include racks, better gearset.
Cost: From $2,000 U.S.
Website: http://www.ridgeback.co.uk

These are but a few of the many bikes to choose from. There are also a multitude of small bike builders and local companies producing fantastic touring bikes, so search around the web to see if there are any in your area.

Also worth a read is the Adventure Cycling Association’s annual guide to buying a touring bike.