Classy custom ride
Bath-based Robin Mather, a young framebuilder and keen tourer with a growing reputation for building unique bikes, is flying the custom flag. This model showcases a personalised frame with hand-picked components, at a cost of £2,515. FrameBeing fully custom, each Mather frame will fit its rider to a tee, with a choice of tubesets to suit.
Do-it-all touring machine
Silky long distance ride
Quality mile muncher
Luxury urban transport from t'Internet.
A versatile touring machine with roadie influences is the brand new Salsa Casseroll, featuring long drop brake mounts and sliding dropouts. It's only available as a frameset (£375), so given the wide range of sizing on offer, we asked for it to be specced for women; it finally rolled in at about £875.
Touring bikes can be as varied as the terrain they cover, here we look at a light and fast bike for racking up decent distances in speed and comfort.
The ultimate all-purpose rig
Expedition-ready custom bike
Somerset-based Thorn have built themselves an enviable name when it comes to touring bikes, and their designer, Andy Blance, sets off on his own trips in South America and Australasia each year to hone designs.
More than a winter bike
A classic tourer reissued
Ultimate adventure/minimum-maintenance bike
Do-it-all big wheeler
Strong small-wheeled tourer
Hard-stopping globetrotter that can handle a bit of rough
Touring bikes can be as varied as the terrain they cover. We look at light and fast bikes for racking up decent distances in speed and comfort.
Luxury tourer from the Netherlands
Touring bike with front rack
While Cannondale may be known for their mountain bike aluminium expertise, their heritage is also in travelling the open road - their very first bike was a tourer back in 1983. Weighing in at £1,200, the Touring Ultra ruffles tradition with the likes of hydraulic brakes and a Headshok front suspension fork.
Lightweight urban commuter
Disc equipped steel tourer