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I'm planning on doing a cross country trip some time in the near future, and was wondering if it would be better to ride a recumbent, road, or touring style bike. Obviously I'm not going to take my criterium bike, but I'm just looking for a little imput from someone with experience in this area. Thanks for any help you can give.
 

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Well since what you are talking about is touring, a touring bike would be best (if you plan to carry much of a load). If you aren't carrying a load a "Sport Touring" bike with clearance for fenders and 28mm tires is good.

Steel of course.

OTOH folks have done the crossing on pretty much every kind of bike so it doesn't really matter.

As long as you stick with steel of course.
 

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If you answered yes to 3 or more of these questions, go with the recumbent.

Otherwise, touring bike.
 

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Well since what you are talking about is touring, a touring bike would be best (if you plan to carry much of a load). If you aren't carrying a load a "Sport Touring" bike with clearance for fenders and 28mm tires is good.
Agreed, particularly if you'll be hauling your stuff in panniers. You could edge toward the Sport Touring, or even pure Road style, if you'll be pulling a trailer with lots of stuff.

And yes, steel of course.

A recumbent has advantages, but if your taken a route with lots of mountain crossings, a recumbent wouldn't be the best climbing machine.
 

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I would ride a lugged steel touring bike coloured british racing green with all silver components including downtube shifters and a rear nitto rack with tweed panniers including, but not limited to, honey leather brooks saddle and bar tape wearing wool and smoking a pipe at my hotel stops while quaffing local microbrews and hitting up local barmaids wearing a Frank Zappa porn moustache. But that's just me...

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