Hi, I’m Aaron Phillips for Expert Village.
And this is Choosing the Right Bike for You. I’m sitting here with a touring bike, which
i just described as a bike that’s a great all-around bike, whether you’re commuting
in-town, you’re looking to have a comfortable posture on the bike, with a little bit more
speed than you have on mountain bike or a hybrid bike, or if you want to go on an extended
tour. You want to go over to Europe and do some touring, you want to tour around through
the United States, this is the kind of bike you want to be on. It’s made for touring.
You can adapt a mountain bike for touring, but it’s better to go with a bike that’s designed
for it. Like I said, you’ve got these nice braised kind-a holes in the frame, that’ll
allow you to put in the detachments for a rack very easily. Right now I’ve just got
the rear rack on this bike, it can be fitted with a front rack as well, which is called
a low-rider rack, allows you to put a set of bags, or panniers, on the front of the
bike, and get that center of gravity nice and low on the front end, so that you don’t
compromise a lot of your handling when you’re out on the road. So you want to think about
that with a touring bike. On the rear, similarly, you can attach these bags, which are called
panniers, you load this bag up with your extra clothing: you’ve got a mid-layer, you’ve got
a water-proof layer, you’ve got maybe a sleeping bag, if you’re going to do a tour where you’re
camping?maybe a tent, or a part of a tent if you’re sharing with your touring partner.
And you just attach your bags; they’ve got a suspension system back here. They vary,
across brands. This one is pretty basic; it’s got a little hook, to attach to the bottom
of the rack, and a couple of hooks up top, to attach to that top of the rack. And they
just lock down, which i find is actually really nice on this particular set of panniers. So
that they won’t fall off. Let me show you how this goes on. One of the things you want
to do when you’re choosing a touring bike is make sure the frame is the right size for
you. If you get a frame that’s too compact, and you’re, let?s say you’ve got a big shoe,
big foot, what’s going to happen is when you’re peddling along your foot can actually hit
that bag. So this is an example of a pretty small rear pannier, if you’re doing a light
tour, a very light tour, will work just fine for you. There are different kinds of panniers,
different sizes. These are ’bout the biggest I’ve ever seen. These have been used on a
cross-country tour in which I only used these bags. This is all I needed to go all the way
across the country. You can see that the suspension is a little bit different, on this one, the
hook on the bottom, and you use, the tension you use rather than having locking hooks up
top use just this webbing, and you tighten it up so that that pannier stays on the bike.