I'm going to be riding coast to coast (USA) and need to buy a bike. Would a non-touring bike be ok for this if I'm using a trailer instead of panniers? Obviously a touring bike would be best (more sturdy, etc.) but due to the cost difference, would a road bike be adequate for this? Also, are there any bikes that you would suggest?

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One Response to Do I need a tour bike for touring if I’m using a trailer instead of Panniers?

  1. mtlbiker says:

    A road bike might work as long as you have low enough gearing and strong enough brakes, these are other reasons why touring bikes work well for touring. There isn't necessarily a price difference between a regular road bike and a touring bike of similar quality. As for bikes to recommend, you haven't given an idea about your budget.

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