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Touring bikes

BRICK LANE BIKES

Hitchhiker

BEST IN TEST Traditional looking but with excellent kit and impeccable

deportment the Hitchhiker won’t be waiting long to get picked-up

W

ith the touring fraternity splitting into ever more branches, each of our four bikes represents a slightly different speciality, and choosing your favourite might simply come down to what sort of adventures you have planned. A modern take on the classic expedition sledge the Bombtrack comes fully equipped with top-quality kit. Ensuring you’ll be kept dry, safe, and able to carry everything you need, it’s adventure ready. With a wide bar and upright position, it’s a cruiser rather than a sprinter and focused on practicality, yet is lively enough to be engaging. With one foot in the adventurebiking camp, the All-City is nippier and equally suited to carrying bikepacking bags or traditional panniers. Aggressive geometry and properly zippy wheels mean it’s fun for blasting about off-road and renders up a speedy performance

when fitted with skinnier tyres. The wildest of the bunch, the Sonder super-capable off-road while its stable geometry makes for steady going on the tarmac. So smooth in its forward progress, it’s perhaps a little too much bike for

general commuting, but is fantastic when the weekend rolls around. The most traditional looking on test, the Brick Lane Bikes Hitchhiker takes a decent steel frame and throws all kinds of goodness at it – we loved the lightweight wheels

and hydraulic disc brakes. Set up for the road, it could also turn its hand to trails with a few tweaks. It’s a top-value package, too. Fast to get going and happy to hold onto its speed, it’s as easy to ride as it is to look at and our winner this month.

HOW THEY STACK UP...

7.7

8.8 90 ■ BikesEtc September 2018

ALL-CITY SPACE HORSE £1,800

BOMBTRACK BEYOND XPD £2,200

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THE RIDE

7.9

THE RIDE

BRICK LANE BIKES HITCHHIKER £1,792

SONDER CAMINO TI RIVAL, £1,799

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THE RIDE

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