Choosing the Most Popular Bike for Adventure Touring

Adventure Touring

There are many options out there in bicycle types. The bicycle industry has for some years been on a path of increasing specialization, with bicycles designed to fit into a narrowly defined role but with exceptional performance when used alone for that purpose; The art of improving and doing less and less. But I know many people who ride, and very few only do endure, just cross country races, or just ride asphalt. So I know a lot of people who have enough bicycles.

This is probably what the retail layer is really trying but there is no need to buy that, in particular. You can do a lot on one bicycle. If you're going on adventure tourism, doing a lot on a machine is a big part of the game: taking equipment, climbing big hills, covering great distances. You will have to deal with a wide variety of terrains and, most likely, you will have to get off and push part of the time and you may have to charge it. And when you get up for a few days and get rid of the bags, is it okay to explore your bike? So when I went shopping, here is the list of features I was looking for:
  • Lightweight
  • Low and wide gears.
  • 3Able to carry equipment easily
  • Good handling on and off road.
  • Efficient
  • 6Comfortable
  • After arriving, a fun bike to explore in
  • Resistant and reliable
  • Reliable brakes not affected by conditions.
Touring bikes:
Not long ago, if you entered a bicycle shop and spoke the word "touring", you would be shown a steel bicycle with a long wheelbase, a butterfly harness or flare, front and rear frames, a support foot and 26 "or 700c wheels. The load would be transported down near the axles of the wheels, and the long wheelbase would mean that its heels would easily clear the rear packages and ensure very stable handling. Weighing 20kg unloaded, it would be built as an outdoor toilet, and it would have something like 30mm tires; these would be almost immune to punctures and weigh a kilo each. I have ridden these bikes.

They are tough, stable, and incredibly heavy and are generally handled like a barge. The modern incarnations are better, without a doubt, the Surly Long Haul Trucker and the Koga World Traveler, for example, are good bikes and almost everything in them can be repaired in the field or by someone in a garage with a welding kit in almost any part of the world. This seems to be the main point of sale of the classic tourist bicycle but the thing is that not everyone wants to travel through India or Central Asia. And with that in mind, why are these bicycles so heavy and so fun to drive? And why do many bicycle shops, especially those with older staff, still tell you that this is what you need? Therefore, a good safe choice, but not the way I was.

Mountain bikes:
The rougher your trip, the more likely you are to take a mountain bike; they are built for the rough country. But now there's a wide variety of mountain bikes, and one end of the spectrum is what I finally bought: a cross-country race bike of the kind you see in XC competitions. I have no interest in racing, XC or any other type, but the high specification models are very light, rigid, handle well, scale well, go almost anywhere, have the perfect gears to travel together with high groups. Performance and have rims Compatible with most road and cycle-cross tires.

So, I bought an XC carbon racing bike with a high level group. It is light, it handles well, and it will take basically any type of 700c or 29er tire and happily will load between 10 and 12 kg of equipment while receiving a punishment load. It does not require much maintenance and as long as it is well lubricated, it will work one month at a time without the need of any work. The tires that I run, according to the type of route, but usually, I use crossed tires or semi-slicks; if I'm on tour where there are many mountain trails, sometimes I use thick tires. My two rigid wheels weigh 9.6 and 10.3 kg respectively with pedals, unloaded. In my opinion, a lightweight hard tail or the similar type of mountain tour "expedition tour" which is basically a modified hard tail with a rigid front, different handlebars and a slightly longer wheelbase, is still the best option for the Adventure trip. Partly for the reasons above, but also because the geometry is ideal for both distances and carrying loads.

Road bikes:
The only type of route you can realistically perform on a road bike centered on the asphalt is, well, on the asphalt. You and the bicycle will shake to pieces if you try too much of anything else. Most of the road bikes that I have tested withstand gravel well for long periods. You can even ride single-lane stretches on a road bike if you're determined. I've seen guys walking down a path near my house on what looked like alloy and carbon road bikes. However, if you feel comfortable enough for a long trip, it's something else, and eventually, if you travel like that, something will break. My bet would be the wheels, which of course have to be quite real if you have rim brakes.

Carrying a lot of equipment on a modern road bike can also be a problem; older bicycles may have mounting points in pannier frames, but that's not for me. Modern direct-mesh check bags from companies like Revel ate will fit most road bikes, with the exception of front-roll style packages that are probably too long to fit between the drops. On the positive side, road bikes have box triangles much larger than mountain bikes or hybrids, so they can often be placed in the larger size of the box bag, or in a box bag. Style the upper half and still get one or even two options. It is possible that the handling of your road bike changes drastically when you add equipment and you may want to check if the bike itself supports the additional load.

You can also check some other things on the bike as if the brakes are good enough to add another 10-15 kg to the bike. Think of the worst conditions you might have to deal with, conditions in which you do not leave when you are at home. If he is on tour, he will be stuck in that, maybe at the beginning of a big descent. Are single-spoke rim brakes good enough for an unknown descent in the dark in wet conditions with a load on?

It is not an adventure tour, but an assisted tour, where someone takes your things from one base to another while you cycle there with the absolute minimum, it is a brilliant option for road tours. If you want to explore the Alps or the Pyrenees or something like that, take a fast road bike and do it this way is a great solution.

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