There was definitely a list of requirements when choosing which bike to buy. It had to be within the cheaper touring end but still suited to long distance travel. It also needed to be able to blend into the urban landscape so we could use them for quick commuting at home.
Here were a couple of reviews that helped show the Fuji Touring 2015 was the right choice for us:
Touring bikes are not as popular as road or racing bikes in Sydney so bike shops usually only had one or two tour options as floor stock or even none at all. We had to call ahead to see if the bike shops had a Fuji floor model before visiting. At Bondi Bikes we were in luck! The 2015 model had just arrived, and even better luck the 2015 had a brand new paint job of olive-green with orange and brass embellishments.
After a thorough looking over and a quick ride around the block cemented Fuji in our hearts. Although the shop and staff were lovely, Bondi not being the cheapest suburb we decided to keep shopping around. A couple more shop visits around suburbs we came across Bates Bikes in Carlton, about 15km south of the Sydney CBD. The staff. were awesome, ready to answer any questions at all. And being new to bike touring we had a bunch! Ordering bikes when you haven’t tried the correct frame is unnerving. We used online bike calculators such as this to determine what size to order. We also double checked this at Bates before ordering.
Three weeks later we picked them up, olive green and beautiful. The guy said it was a pleasure to put them together as they are so well made – great to hear as two bike newbies!