My current bicycle is a cheap road hybrid, called a GT Vantera that I bought at Dick's. For bicycle touring trips, many folx opt for legit touring bicycles for loads of reasons. One main reason is that you want to be comfortable sitting on said bike for eight hours. Another reason is low gears- you want a bike that can haul ass and haul a load uphill. The bike should be sturdy and able to carry packs and move well with weight. That said, there are TONS of options out in the world.
C and I visited three bike shops to check out and size out touring bikes that would fit us. We are both petite people so it was super important for us to be able to test ride. I rode a Kona Sutra that was perhaps a size too big for me, and it did not make for a fun ride. I rode a Surly Disc Trucker, 46 cm frame, that felt like it was made for me. And just like that... I put half down on a touring bike last weekend. Holy crapola! Since C had to order her bike and we added bits and bobs, we will pick up our bikes this weekend. Pictures to come soon.
Hi, I'm Reverend J, a queer+ sober wanderer, activist, writer and ordained minister.