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Touring bikes are the best type of bike for taking a tour. They will hold all your gear and supplies, so you will be able to go anywhere that you choose.

If you want to take a bike tour, then you may want to consider investing in a touring bike. This type of bicycle is specially made to carry food, clothes, equipment and any other supplies that you will need on your bike tour. There are racks that are mounted on the front and rear of the touring bike for toting around all the extra stuff that you will need on a trip. They also feature three water bottle holders, a large wheelbase, and mudguard mounts, and a sturdy frame that fits the wider tires perfectly.

Three common touring bikes are available today. These include the tandem, recumbent, and road touring bikes. Every touring bike has its specific benefits and they should be chosen after considering your individual needs and desires.

The classic touring bike has a wheel that is 700c, with a diameter that is the same size of a racing bike, but with more ample clearance for the frame and a wider rim. You will notice that most manufacturers modify a mountain bike tire that is 26”, because it is very strong and gives you better resistance while riding.

Have you seen those unusual recumbent touring bikes? These bikes are easy to notice, due to the position of the seat. This touring bike offers the rider a reclined seat that keeps their legs in front of the seat, rather than under the seat. The steering is usually slightly below or above the level of the seat for maximum comfort.

A tandem bicycle is a bicycle built for two and is very popular for couples who are going on a trip of a long distance. This bike would be excellent for you and your husband to take a bike tour or other tour across a country. These bikes will not carry extra weight like supplies as they are already pretty heavily loaded, so you may want to hook a trailer to your tandem bike to take a long trip.

The more modern touring bikes have the proper equipment for long distance rides complete with saddles that you can ride comfortably for a long distance, road handlebars, and front and rear luggage racks to hold all of your gear. This bike will provide a measure of safety, as it has sturdy wheels and rims that withstand all types of roads, and are stable and durable. You can find trailers to tow some of your gear and this is a wonderful idea if you have quite a lot of gear, because it gives you a lower center of gravity.

Touring bikes are made to be very durable and sturdy for the up and down roads. The brakes on a touring bike are different than on other bikes as they are lever-pulled or cantilever brakes. You may even find a touring bike that comes complete with disc brakes simply because they offer additional braking.

Touring bikes are not known for their speed, but they are known for functionality in traveling and durability. This bike is excellent to use on your bike tour or any bike tour that you may want to take.

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When you were young, and the rush when you first dared to ride your bike down that really steep hill in your neighborhood? The ride down is great!. Stopping isn’t always so much fun though. Bicycle control relies on two elements: steering and brakes. If either of these is missing, you are an out of control cyclist, hazardous to yourself and others.

History’s first bicycles had no brakes. Band-aids hadn’t yet been invented, so the next logical step was to devise a stopping system. Thus, brakes were born to help riders slow down and stop, and bicycles suddenly became way more popular. By increasing frictional force on the wheels, cyclists were able to slow down and stop.

The first widely used braking system was called “the plunger”. It first appeared on the high-wheeled bicycles that were popular in the 1800s. The plunger operated on a simple principle. To slow down a bicycle, a lever was either pressed down or pulled up, causing a metal show to press against the outer side of the tire. Of course, the friction created caused excess wear and tear on the tire, so blowout were always a problem. Cyclists found that the plunger did not work well with pneumatic tires, even after covering the metal shoe with rubber. Wet surfaces were another drawback, as water decreased the friction between the brake shoe and tire, reducing the braking power.

The next major development in bicycle brakes was the “coaster brake”. Most of us have used coaster brakes, still popular in pint-size toddler bikes and tricycles. Some utility bicycles and cruisers also use coaster brakes. The concept behind coaster brakes is simple reverse motion. When the pedals are moved in a reverse direction, the brake mechanism inside the hub of the wheel pushes outward, creating friction and slowing you down. Coaster brakes are quite strong and tend to lock up and skid the rear wheel when engaged, so they’re great choices for sidewalk burnouts.

Some of today’s mountain, road and stunt bikes use caliper rim brakes. By pulling a lever, a cable is tightened. This cable then forces the brake pads or shoes to press against the inner rim of the wheel, stopping the bike. Caliper bicycle brakes are light and relatively inexpensive, but they do come with their own set of problems. Not hugely efficient on rainy days, wet brakes take twice as long to stop a bicycle because the water reduces friction between the brake and the wheel, but basic bicycle maintenance can help to keep them at their most efficient. Caliper brakes work best when pressure is applied gently. A much better option is disc brakes, whose performance is not impacted by water, so you can safely keep riding even in a downpour.

It is important to balance the braking between the front and rear brakes while riding. If too much brake pressure is applied to the front wheel, your momentum and body inertia will take you right over the handlebars.

Over the decades, braking systems and materials have changed, but the fundamentals of slowing and stopping a bicycle have not. Bicycle brakes are still based on the concept of friction, and are still vitally important to your safety.

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