I purchased this bike about a year ago for exercise, daily commuting and weekend overnight bike trips. I will ride 3 to 6 hours a day on the weekends. I have looked at hundreds of bikes and their reviews. I compared prices and features and read many bike touring blogs before choosing this bike. I'm still satisfied with my purchase and wouldn't choose any of the others. I bought this bike when it was $119 and it was a great bargain then. I uploaded some pics so you can see I really own this bike and how I've customized my bike for touring. I immediately took off the decals to reveal a beautiful, midnight blue paint job. Everything but the mudflaps were purchased at walmart. I have added panniers ($27), mudflaps ($30), computer ($20), front and back lights ($30), water cage and bottle ($10), air pump ($10), bullhorns ($7), tool bag & tools ($10), extra cables for brakes/shifters ($5), tube repair kit ($10), camping pots ($25), sterno (for cooking $3)), tent ($20), sleeping bag ($11), misc (about $20). Completely outfitted for less than $300. Bike is 31 pounds without gear, 47 lbs with base weight (not including food and water). This bike will handle weekend (maybe week long) treks easily. If I lost all of my gear today, I wouldn't shed a tear - I'd just walk into a walmart and I'd be back on the road!
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