Adventure Cyclist is the premier magazine for bicyclists interested in cross-country touring, with great feature stories about trekking by bike and reviews of the gear necessary for an epic pedal across the great wide open. The latest issue has a writeup of the belt drive Co-Motion Americano Rohloff, a favorite of long-haul riders. You can also check out the Co-Motion Pangea here and the Co-Motion Divide here.
Writer Dan D’Ambrosio takes the Americano equipped with Rohloff 14-speed hub and Gates Carbon Drive on a tour of Vermont. While he admits the bike is pricey, his advice to those seeking a low-maintenance, car-replacing, do-it-all touring bike is unequivocal:
“If you have $6,000 sitting around, run to the phone and order this baby now.”
And while you’re at it, run to the phone and join the Adventure Cycling Association, the nonprofit responsible for mapping and pioneering the greatest long-distance rides across the United States and beyond; www.adventurecycling.org.