In Search of
terrain touring or rough riding requires a bike equally proficient on
all surfaces encountered. Called an "all-rounder", these bikes
must easily handle dirt road or single track. But unlike mountain bikes,
an all-rounder must also be fast and nimble on pavement.
Long distances are common when riding rough, so a comfortable riding
position is critical. Weight is also important since climbing and bike
hauling (on one's back) are both likely here in Colorado. The perfect
all-rounder can even carry moderate loads for the occasional bivouac.
Of course any bike meeting these needs is likely a good commuter or
general urban ride.
Current technology is quite versatile making it
easer than ever to create a great bike for mixed terrain travel. Learn
more about creating an all-rounder by visiting the Tech Help side bar
at right. Or scroll below for a few examples of all-rounder bikes. The
Colorado Rough Riders meets informally as needed for all-rounder build-up
seminars. If interested, let us know.
A few examples of all-rounders
Below are a few all-rounder bicycles specifically
suited for rough riding in the mountains:
Rawland Cycle's Drakkar is
a nice all-rounder for mixed terrain touring in Colorado. Complete
A Rivendell Cycle Works' Sam Hillborne was
recently built by Rough Rider Joe Crews. Rivendell has long been known
for sturdy all-rounders and touring bikes. Stay tuned for a review.
Mountain Bikes can make good all-rounders. Newer suspension mountain
bikes don't work as well. But this old non-suspension mountain bike
makes a good all-rounder with modifications by Todd Remington. Learn
more about converting
a mountain bike into an all-rounder.