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The best touring bikes will enable you to cover the miles in comfort and fully laden. Here are our top picks on the market, as reviewed by the BikeRadar test team.
Any bike can feasibly be used as a touring bike – gravel and adventure bikes , road bikes , flat-bar hybrid bikes , and even mountain bikes are all perfect candidates to be turned into a competent horizon-seeking touring wagon.
However, there are some distinct advantages offered by a traditional touring bike.
A comfortable and upright ride position, plentiful mounts to easily fit copious amounts of luggage , additional water bottle mounts, overbuilt framesets – most often made of easily repaired steel – and wide tyre clearances are all hallmarks of a good touring bike. These features make them easy to live with on long expeditions.
Here, we’ve focused on more traditional touring bikes that are designed explicitly for long, slower-paced days in the saddle, loaded with panniers and luggage.
Check out our standalone guide for a more in-depth look at what a touring bike is and how it compares to an adventure or bikepacking bike . Genesis Tour de Fer 30 £2,100 as tested Quality frame and spec designed for reliability Great, stable handling to go the distance A classic tourer with a Reynolds 725 steel frame […]