Friday, October 05, 2012

Another affordable gravel/touring bike.

Folks who have read this blog for any length of time know that we build nice bikes.  Nice as an adjective is pretty vague.  It can mean anything from gorgeous custom builds, to well thought out, sensible, practical bicycles.  This bike is falls in the latter category of nice.

The Trek 7.1 is a great bike.  They ride well, they are affordable, and the parts are quite serviceable.  Decked out with the compliment of Revelate bags shown below, this set up would cost a guy just over $800.  That's a heck of a way to start out in this fast growing segment of biking.  This cost is comparable to looking at a nicer traditional rack and pannier set up.  

Cost of equipment is one of the biggest reasons for people not getting involved with a new sport.  For those looking to get into the bike packing or longer gravel rides the cost of entry can be simply staggering.  The bike pictured is a possible solution to that high cost.  Parts on this bike can be upgraded as needed or wanted, and everything would be suitable to start.  This set up costs less than many bare bikes labeled as starter bikes alone!

Whether you're interested in trying out gravel riding, or if you're considering adding bike packing to your list of hobbies, we can help you out no matter what your budget!

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