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Best bike to do a long distance trekking??

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Best bike to do a long distance trekking??
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What type of touring do you want to do?

Here's some short feedback:

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If you want to put panniers on the back, you need to test the rack. From the looks, it is not very strong, as it is connected to frame with a "hidden" metal below the rear mudguards, I think it's more for occasional city use.
You would also need to add either a butterfly handlebar, or a ergon grips, to be able to change the position of your hands.

Specialized Vita Elite: Fitnessfiets
You would need to buy racks and fenders.
The question is: how strong is the frame? If it was made for fitness only, without racks, there is a high chance that under heavy load, the frame can crack at some parts.

Sportieve damesfiets Stevens Élégance Lite maat 50
The rack, the frame, and overall the bike look ok for touring.
However, it only has eight gears, which is very limited in hilly terrain. An option could be that you go to a shop, and ask to increase the rear sprocket one size bigger, and change the front chainring by 4 or 6 teeth. This way you can shift the gear range to be adapted for hilly terrain, in the expense of being "out of gears" at 15-20km/h already. A new chain is also needed probably. In Cyclo, they can do it for 50-100 Euro.
This bike also needs some Ergon grips or a butterfly handlebar.
I did touring with Shimano Nexus 8, it works, but at most of the hills we had to walk. I think the bare minimum is Shimano Alfine 11.

In general, for touring bike, what matters:
Comfort: saddle, pedals, handlebar - I recommend to buy your own, that feels comfortable, and migrate it from bike to bike
Have enough gears to go both uphill and roll fast
Strong racks, and frame able to hold the weight. The Trapez and Low-step frames (like you linked), can feel wobbly with 40-50kg of baggage, you need to test if you can live with it or no.

For the saddle, I would buy an SQLab Active 604 saddle, in your own sitbone width.
https://www.sq-lab.com/shop/en/Saddles/Trekking/SQlab-bike-saddle-604-active.html

All in all, any bike can be used for touring. As for myself, I wouldn't buy any of these bikes, because they would need an addition 250-300€ to be spent. I would rather look for a cheap touring bike, here's a list for example:
http://www.cyclingabout.com/a-complete-list-of-touring-bicycle-manufacturers-with-prices/

If you can make a trip to Amsterdam, go to https://www.vakantiefietser.nl/
In Brussels, your best bet for touring is La Maison du Vélo.

Hope you find it useful!
Oliver

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Hi

Hi

Thanks so much for the info!
I usually cycle with not more than 15 kg, so I would guess the vita elite could hold that for sure... And it is a very light bike as well... For the butterfly steering weel I never really have had problems before with my hands on a normal one... :)

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Of course, you can also do

Of course, you can also do with straight handlebars, too. For 1-2h it is no problem, for a full day, regular use, I would make options for 2 or 3 hand positions. A buttefly handlebar is only 15-20 Euro usually, and the work can be done in an hour to migrate the cables and grips. Or you can buy Ergon GP3 or GP5 grips, or similar, around 50 Euro.

If the frame breaks when touring, it's usually near the dropouts, where you mount the racks. Alu frames are always a lottery in second hand, because they fatigue over time, and it's difficult to know how much it has been used before, is it almost new, or had gone through many winters and summers, bumpy roads, and long distances.

But in general, probably it will work well. Make sure to make a test ride, check if the gears work well, turn the bike upside down and check for cracks, and so on. Google for 'how to buy a second hand bicycle' or similar for some to do list to check.

If you buy, I'd be interested to heat how the bike matches your expectations !
Good luck!

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