So we’ve discussed the basic options when it comes to bicycles, the differences between racing, mountain, and touring bikes, as well as some of the components to look for when gearing up for a long tour. We’re going to put that all together with a compiled list of recommended touring bikes. Look through the list, compare, visit websites, and make a decision. Here’s the list, starting at the bottom with
NUMBER 10… Novara Safari from REI. http://www.rei.com/product/730480
Frame- USix aluminum, but forks are cromoly.
Chainstay Length- 16.9 inches
Weight- 31.8 pounds
Price- $ 669.99
Ok, so there is really only one reason I put this bike on the list, PRICE. Wow, reduced recently at REI to under 700 dollars makes this a great option for a first time tourer. There are a lot of things wrong with this bike, but I no doubt am sure it will ride. Comes equipped with a rear rack and stock shimano components. Tires are small, chainstay is short, and I don’t like the aluminum frame. But, if you are going local, on shorter trips with less weight, this bike could work for you. From what I’ve heard from an owner, the bike is quite reliable and has had no major problems in 2 years with over 1,000 miles.