At Westbrook Cycles, there are few things we rate more highly when it comes to bikes than versatility. That’s why we are massive fans of touring bikes - which can get you to work and back during the week, as well as allow you to take off into the countryside for a full day on the weekend. Suitable for all occasions other than racing and speed cycling, touring bikes tick all the boxes for most activities and situations you can throw at a bike.
The first area in which touring bikes excel, is in touring - no massive surprise there. Touring bikes are designed with racks and storage areas allowing the rider to carry enough equipment for almost any situation depending upon set up. Many touring bike riders are able to carry enough clothes for a trip away, as well as camping gear. The relatively long wheelbase of a touring bike ensures easy load carrying.
The second area in which touring bikes excel, is on the daily commute. Although you can commute on almost any bike - what makes touring bikes a really good choice is the ability to fit a touring bike with winter equipment, protecting it and you from the elements through the fitment of mudguards and racks for luggage. This makes it easy to nip to the shop for dinner on the way home - carrying your evening meal securely and most importantly, out of the rain!
The third area in which touring bikes excel, is relaxed riding on weekends - providing the perfect platform for rides in the countryside. Although touring bikes cannot match road bikes for climbing performance or speed - they provide a comfortable and efficient way to cycle.
One of the reasons behind the popularity of touring bikes, is the comfortable riding position. Not to be underestimated, comfort is key on a bike in which you will be spending many hours. One of the biggest reasons for the comfort of a touring bike, is the more upright cycling position - allowing you to look around and enjoy the scenery as well.
You can view our full range of bikes above, and as always - please do get in touch if you have any questions at all about purchasing, or building your dream touring bike.