What touring/road bike for London to Paris?
My boss now seems to have decided to enter the London to Paris bike ride. He had said he was looking to get into mountain biking, but has decided he needs a road bike for this trip.
I don’t think a racing roadie bike is needed. Any recommendations for touring bikes or road bikes with MTB style handle bars?
He will be buying in the UK, and is in Leeds every so often if you think he needs to see the bikes first.
I take it a hybrid may not be suitable?
Thanks for your help!Posted 9 years ago
I checked with a colleague who rode it last year and he said that it was probably 25% on mountain bikes with slicks, and 75% on road bikes. Yeah – I guess pretty much any bike goes.
He is best mates, and used to share a house with, Dick and Dom – Dick was his best man. Last year Dick rode it too, and managed to borrow two v amazing road bikes claiming he could get publicity via appearing on Newsround or some other shows and tabloids : )Posted 9 years agotankslapperMember
Simon at that rate then perhaps something by Boardman or a Trek 1000 – my Trek 1000 is 5 years old and I’ve done virtually nothing to it apart from riding the living daylights out of it on Audax etc. Comfy enough – but I take the comments above about comfort – secondhand steel?Posted 9 years ago
A more relaxed ride then, makes life easier!
As mentioned, a relaxed, chilled road bike would be ideal. Something like a Giant TCR, perhaps? depending on the tmie of year, I’d really recommend a decent pair of mudguards! If full on SKS ones aren’t his bag, these are great – http://www.topeak.com/products/Fenders/DeFenderR1_R2_Set (Better than Raceblades, IMO)
Another consideration might be a set of aero bars. Odd, I know, but go for a reasonably high rise stem and then have a set of aeros, will give loads more riding positions, as well as a much needed aero position for the interminable flatness and headwindness of much of the route!Posted 9 years agorogerredhatMember
Flash – I think you mean the Giant SCR.
It’s a good choice. It’s comfortable, and is essentially more in the light tourer/audax bike category. The SCR2 comes with Tiagra, which is nice to use (better than Sora, IMO) and should be obtainable for a reaonable price under the Â£500 limit.
Mine runs as a year round commuter, winter trainer, utility bike and light tourer. Oh, and like on Sunday, the occasional bit of off-road gets thrown in, too.Posted 9 years agosofteeMember
HI,Posted 9 years ago
Not sure from your thread if your boss is totally new to cycling but my recommendation on a budget for this kind of event. Is any of the Genesis Day 01/02/03 series. They are flat barred hybrids , lightweight aluminium frame with a carbon fork to absorb most of the road buzz tramsmitted to your hands and fingers. Dont leave the original big old round grips on as they are terrible.Tried bar ends for comfort and when climbing with specialized mtb grips OK. Settled on Ergon grips available im most larger shops or online and they are superb.Use Ergon GC2’s circa £30 and well worth the money.On ebay search under Genesis bike and they are a bargain.colandeMember
i would say hardtail,
i did a 5 week tour in scandinavia on my hardtail,
which i changed the tyres to continental travel contacts (v good tyres)
and put barends and a pannier rack,
that’s it, oh and an extra bottle cage,
the gearing seemed suitable because of the weight you have to carry,
and the frame and parts are up to it as it is designed to take a bashing off road,
even having front suspension wasnt an issue as the rear is so heavy the front mainly glides over stuff,
my r7’s did have an auto lockout platform damper thingee though
you dont ride out of the saddle much with a full load,
and your thankful when you do hit something
only problem is lack of front mounts,
and the rear triangle is shorter so unless you put panniers right onto the rear of the pannier rack your heels might rub/foul the bags,
again wasnt a problem for me
hardtail is a jack off all trades in my eyes,Posted 9 years ago
just get the riding position right whatever bike he buys,
but you kinda only find this out from riding the bike for a long period of time to be honest.
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