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    affordable steel sport/touring bike recommendations?

    Looking for an affordable steel bike for 60-70 mi day rides and motel touring. 700x25-28 tires, braze-ons, room for small paniers. Got recommendations?
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    Gunnar "Sport" should fit that bill perfectly. Not sure if it fits in your budget though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by med
    Looking for an affordable steel bike for 60-70 mi day rides and motel touring. 700x25-28 tires, braze-ons, room for small paniers. Got recommendations?
    Thanks.
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    Thanks, krisdrum. That Gunnar looks great, but I'm hoping, perhaps impossibly, for something in the $1200 range. I bike in hilly W Washington, would like to go 30-100 mi a week, and do some light touring. I'm looking to replace a Trek hybrid with something lighter, quicker, that will allow me to extend the length and comfort of day rides; on my present bike, I'm finding that 35 mi or so with hills is about as long as I want to go. Plus, I want to keep up with the road bikers. I'm 59 and maybe that's old enough that I don't need to worry about aluminum's shorter lifespan. Your thoughts?

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    surly pacer, soma smoothie and for a bit more $ the salsa Hickey recommended will all do.

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    What about a 'Cross bike like the Lemond Poprad. I'm pretty sure that has braze-ons and eyelets, is steel and should also be within your 1200 price range.

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    Thanks Blackhat and Dave: I didn't realize until Blackhat's comments that "salsa casseroll" is a bike! I'll check the recommendations you've both made.

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    Mercier Serpens w/ Ultegra. Reynolds 853. $1295.95
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    Does it have to be new? There are lots of nice eighties and nineties steel touring bikes around that still have many thousands of miles left in them and that could be had for a song. Cold set the rear triangle for 130mm dropout spacing and add new components, and you're good to go.

    Here's the '90 Voyageur that's a great touring frame with double eyelets and canti brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scooper
    Does it have to be new? There are lots of nice eighties and nineties steel touring bikes around that still have many thousands of miles left in them and that could be had for a song. Cold set the rear triangle for 130mm dropout spacing and add new components, and you're good to go.

    Here's the '90 Voyageur that's a great touring frame with double eyelets and canti brakes.


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    Before you criticize someone walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you criticize them you'll be a mile away & you'll have their shoes.

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    Surley LHT can be picked up at Jenson for under $1,000.

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    I love the idea of a used bike -- it will go so well with my used clothing -- but I don't have any idea how to find one. I'm not a bike tech-y. I guess I'll google used bikes and see what comes up. Thank you both!
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    2007 Jamis Quest?

    You may be able to find a 2007 Jamis Quest with Shimano 105 discounted to around $1100 this time of year. I found a 2006 (cool colors) for $950 a few months ago. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by med
    I love the idea of a used bike -- it will go so well with my used clothing -- but I don't have any idea how to find one. I'm not a bike tech-y. I guess I'll google used bikes and see what comes up. Thank you both!
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    Ebay is probably the best source for anything used. Find some current models that are appealing and begin searching on them. You are familiar enough with the gruppos from the current big 3 (Shimano, Campi, SRAM), I'm sure. Look for a bike that fits with most of the components you are looking for. You may be able to find some real deals.

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    There's the Trek 520. A dedicated touring bike, American made True Temper steel frame, 105/LX mix, good wheels, rear rack, etc. It retails in the $1,100-1,200 range.

    Trek basically started with this bike back in 1976 and it's still in the lineup.

    I don't want to seem to be "pimping" for Trek, but this is one of their nicest offerings and, I believe, good value.

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    Thanks, Richard. I'll look it up right now. I'm thinking, though I like the used frame idea, that I'm too new on this to buy a bike I can't testride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard
    There's the Trek 520. A dedicated touring bike, American made True Temper steel frame, 105/LX mix, good wheels, rear rack, etc. It retails in the $1,100-1,200 range.

    Trek basically started with this bike back in 1976 and it's still in the lineup.

    I don't want to seem to be "pimping" for Trek, but this is one of their nicest offerings and, I believe, good value.
    Agree with the thoughts on the Trek 520. Should you tire of it, it's a quick sell. REI offers a similar bike, the Novara Randonee. Not bad for a big-box store bike, actually.

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    I am unsure what you mean by affordable
    but if it means well under $1000 the Windsor Tourist is hard to beat

    And if you would like to just see a fun presentation on touring -- look at this:

    http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/staehling2007

    at under $600 delivered the Tourist has all the features most riders want but normally do not find until paying over $1000

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/windsor/tourist.htm

    We have sold thousands of these to long distance riders with excellent feedback on them.

    That is my admittedly bais view
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    I ride a Bianchi Brava - 2005 model - it is steel with carbon fork. The frame geometery good - the brazons are there for touring gear. I paid just under 600. This is a very fair price. The components are Shimano - they are solid and include 3 rings on the crank. I did replace the stem (fitting) seat and wheels - I was just too heavy for the oem wheels.

    http://www.bianchiusa.com/05_brava.html

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    Bianci Volpe, is a nice steel allaround bike. Kona just came out with a nice lugged steel road bike with brazeons, but most likely over your budget, I'm guess'n 15-$1800, only seen it in a ad though.

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    I got my lugged steel frame in a cycle shop in oxford that specialized in restoring abandoned bikes for $75. tring to convert it to a fixed as been a bit of a pain.

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    Ditto,ditto, ditto

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    surly pacer, soma smoothie and for a bit more $ the salsa Hickey recommended will all do.
    Very inexpensive and rugged...

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    Jamis Quest or Novarra Rondonee.

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    +1 on the Windsor from BikesDirect (no I am not a shill, but I keep an eye on touring bikes and that one's a good deal). My only beef with it is the "road triple" front, but for that price you can afford to swap out the crankset with more realistic gearing and still have a good deal.

    Also check ebay, here's one example:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-NASHBAR-...QQcmdZViewItem

    And Trek 520's are always good
    http://cgi.ebay.com/TREK-19-5-inch-5...QQcmdZViewItem

    Just make sure you get the right size of course.

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