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MAILLOT JAUNE

What's the difference between a Road and a Touring Bike?

And more importantly would I look stupid in my lycra cycling kit on a Touring bike.

I've managed to find 2 bikes, which from the pictures look as if they are the "bare" metal look that I've been searching for..... I would prefer a Road bike, but if I can get the "bare" metal frame then I'd be happy with a Tourer, as long as it doesn't make me look stupid.

One is the Ridgeback Horizon and the other is a Genesis Equilibrium. Quite a difference in price and unfortunately just now I'm inbetween jobs and can't really afford either.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Sam-I-Am

i doent know about those two brands mate but i do know that the touring frame is longer front to back than the racing frame and therein lies the comfort for touring and i have to say most comfort riding comes from tyre pressure and saddle choice than anything else even frame material although i think aluminium cannot ride soft and i think steel is as good as carbon or titanium and that youd do well to save your money there good luck and cheers
cardinal guzman

Who cares how you look? Lycra is the equipment for the job. Just as goretex and polartec are for hiking, lycra is for cycling - maximum warmth, minimum drag.

A touring frame will be longer to let you stretch your back out (get properly fitted!!!!!!!!!) It will have lugs for paniers and mudguards.

Best of look on the job front.
Bartali

Its all in the frame angles and chainstay length and fork rake + holes for panniers etc.  

What's all this about bare metal look?  Are not both those frames simply painted silver?

Ditch the Lycra .... go merino Wink
berck

I believe a touring bike also has a different gear ratios. Something more similar to a MTB than a road bike because they are expecting that you will be hauling gear on the bike too.
thunderthighs

touring has softer angles... racing has short wheel base... touring is all about long confort rides..raacing is fast and furious.. ciao..

stay racing frames..they are bi-tubes...lol
cardinal guzman

berck wrote:
I believe a touring bike also has a different gear ratios. Something more similar to a MTB than a road bike because they are expecting that you will be hauling gear on the bike too.


I love my granny ring! Laughing
MAILLOT JAUNE

Thanks for info folks.

Bartali, I can only tell from the pictures that they are "bare" metal, which is what I call it if it's not painted, or they might be annodised or polished?????

I bought, what I thought was similar last year but turns out it was painted silver, which I didn't like. However, had to send bike back as it was wrong size (I probably mentioned all this last year) - got measured up by a Specialized dealer, who knew what bike I wanted but was unable to supply it, so I bought one on line and the dealer then calmly proceeded to tell me it was too small - I nearly wrapped the bike around his scrawny neck! I won't make the same mistake twice.

cg, thanks for the "good look on job front" - not a good time for anyone looking for a job.
Bartali

I thought the Ridgeback looked painted?  I'd be surprised if you could get the bare metal look without going Titanium (or stainless steel).  You can have my frame ...

thunderthighs

[quote="Bartali"]I thought the Ridgeback looked painted?  I'd be surprised if you could get the bare metal look without going Titanium (or stainless steel).  You can have my frame ...

[img]http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r88/tcopnell/L1000302.jpg[/img][/quote]

was any portion of the rear wheel used.. ciao
Bartali

Left the wheel like that TT.  might be able to reuse the hub, but I think I'll struggle to straighten the rim Wink
mr shifter

berck wrote:
I believe a touring bike also has a different gear ratios. Something more similar to a MTB than a road bike because they are expecting that you will be hauling gear on the bike too.

And put Paniers on it and you have a Touring bike.

I even went Touring with my Track Iron.
That is no rear drop outs but but a straight level rear wheel pull out for a "Fix" wheel
No mudgaurds though because of the wheel clearances.

Edit.....Lycra, what's that....sounds very "Sexy"
cardinal guzman

Bartali wrote:
Left the wheel like that TT.  might be able to reuse the hub, but I think I'll struggle to straighten the rim Wink


Ah, get the spoke wrench on it and sell it on Ebay.Shocked The skewer lever looks ok - the nice yellow dust cap too!
TDL

Bartali wrote:
I thought the Ridgeback looked painted?  I'd be surprised if you could get the bare metal look without going Titanium (or stainless steel).  You can have my frame ...



Yikes! That wheel looks like a truck ran over it. That happened to a bike of one of the people in my old apartment complex when the parked bike fell down and a wheel lay half on the road.
Bartali

TDL wrote:
Yikes! That wheel looks like a truck ran over it. That happened to a bike of one of the people in my old apartment complex when the parked bike fell down and a wheel lay half on the road.


Yikes indeed!  It was a car and I was riding it at the time!!
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