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Lands end to John O'Groats

felixj500felixj500 Posts: 24
edited April 2010 in Tour & expedition
Hi,

I am planning bike from lands end to john O'Groats (over 1000 km) and i dont know what type of bike to buy.

Should i buy a touring bike or a road bike? I have been looking at the Giant range (defy 4, 4.5, 3 and 3.5) and also the SCR 2 for road bikes. I dont know what i really need...
I am looking to buy a bike with between £400 and £600.

Anyother help and information on the bike ride would be much appreciated! What else may i need?

Many thanks

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  • thel33terthel33ter Posts: 2,684
    It depends if you are planning on camping/sleeping rough or staying in hotels. If you are camping a touring bike would be better because you can carry much more more easily, however, for the latter you would only need a large saddlebag type thing because you would only really need to carry spares and a bit of food. You also would need to budget for backup money, spares, food and any other equipment.
    And now you know, and knowing is half the battle
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  • crakercraker Posts: 2,060
    there are plenty of web diaries & resources dedicted to lejog, it's interesting what the different approaches are. If you're doing it fast on a road bike it you'll still want some load carrying - one blog I saw had a seat beam type rack + a handlebar bag. That was for a nine day tour ( :shock: )

    Work out how long you've got to do it and where you'll be staying on the way (self supporting / b&b etc) then pick your bike accordingly.
  • felixj500felixj500 Posts: 24
    Do you think my price range is possible?
  • thel33terthel33ter Posts: 2,684
    Something like this would be good, but the ride would be quite harsh as it is 7005 - http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Dolan-Shimano-Sor ... 3a59d48311

    However, you would probably be better off with something like a Dawes Galaxy like this, although this one is overpriced, as it is steel so the ride will be more comfortable.

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/DAWES-GALAXY-TOUR ... 3efef5b28d
    And now you know, and knowing is half the battle
    05 Spesh Enduro Expert
    05 Trek 1000 Custom build
    Speedily Singular Thingy
  • priorypriory Posts: 743
    http://www.ashcycles.com/web/index.php? ... anguage=en

    raleigh royal is a fairly standard choice for touring and at 400 to 500 pounds would be hard to fault. I hav eridden a 500 mile tour alongside one and I am thinking of getting one myself for touring. It might be best to get it through a good shop that will set it up well and maintain it if necessary.

    TerryJ
    Raleigh Eclipse, , Dahon Jetstream XP, Raleigh Banana, Dawes super galaxy, Raleigh Clubman

    http://s189.photobucket.com/albums/z122 ... =slideshow
  • amaferangaamaferanga Posts: 6,789
    felixj500 wrote:
    Do you think my price range is possible?

    If you want good advice you'll need to provide a few more details on how you're doing the ride.

    Is it supported or unsupported? Are you camping or staying in B&Bs? Are you prepared to carry minimal stuff or do you like your luxuries?

    But in principle there's no reason why you can't get a suitable bike within your budget.
    More problems but still living....
  • MichaelWMichaelW Posts: 2,226
    For unsuported B&B/hostel style touring the best option is probably an Audax style light-touring bike: the weight of a road bike but a few practical touches:
    compact double or triple gearing.
    Long drop caliper brakes for wider tyres (28mm)
    muguard and rear rach eyelets.
    Possibly a raised bar position compared to race bike.

    You can often turn a race bike into a light-tourer with clip on bits and pieces but if light-touring is your aim, its better to start with the mopst appropriate style of frame.
  • MichaelWMichaelW Posts: 2,226
    For unsuported B&B/hostel style touring the best option is probably an Audax style light-touring bike: the weight of a road bike but a few practical touches:
    compact double or triple gearing.
    Long drop caliper brakes for wider tyres (28mm)
    muguard and rear rach eyelets.
    Possibly a raised bar position compared to race bike.

    You can often turn a race bike into a light-tourer with clip on bits and pieces but if light-touring is your aim, its better to start with the mopst appropriate style of frame.
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