>I've said in previous messages that the best reason for buying a
>titanim bike is because you want one. It is also about the ONLY
>reason since there is no advantage to titanium in any solid
I'll agree that the folks who would like most appropriately designed
(read, "stiff") titanium bikes would also like a steel bike. Both
would do a good job, and with proper care, outlive the rider.
But there *are* advantages to titanium.
You can either build a stronger frame of the same weight, or a lighter
frame of the same strength (I prefer something in the middle of those
two points). This will allow you to take along a thicker sleeping bag
mattress, an extra water bottle, or a blow dryer on your next trip,
without increasing the overall weight of the loaded bike. ;-)
Rust may or may not be an issue, depending on how the bike is used,
and the environment.
But titanium's "paintless" finish is a huge advantage to the dedicated
tourer. No worries about nicking the paint by strapping all that
equipment all over the bike. No need to worry about touching up the
chipped paint. No worries about riding a bike with a finish that
carries the colors of rival gangs or political / sports factions.
>In any case the point I was trying to make is that there are WONDERFUL
>steel bikes out there for half the price of a titanium tourer. And
>there isn't any down side at all.
And of course, ALL titanium touring frames aren't priced at 2x that of
a nice steel frame....
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