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1980′s Touring Bikes

Here is an ever growing list of touring bikes from the 1980′s and 1990′s:

Bridgestone T-700

Cannondale T600′s & T1000′s

Centurion Pro Tour 15 & Elite GT

Fuji America Touring Series (I-V) & Saratoga

Lotus Odyssey

Panasonic Pro Touring

Miyata 1000, 610,  Grand Touring

Nishiki Riviera GT, Seral, Cresta, Continental

Nashbar Toure

Raleigh Kodiak, Alyeska & Portage

Schwinn Voyager & Passage

Specialized Expedition

Trek 620 & 720

Univega Specialissma

Please feel free to let me know which ones I missed in the comments. It’s gotta have low-rider mounts!


  1. Sep 19th, 2010 @ 3:32pm

    Wow!! Great job on your site. I am restoring a 1987 Raleigh Alyeska now. I found it on Graig’s List for $150. It took me about 3 months of looking most everyday to find it. I have used Velo Orange, Renaissance Bicycles, and my local bike shop(City Bikes,Portland OR)for parts,advise, and inspiration. I hope this info and your site can help someone else find/restore a very fine 1980′s touring bike.

    Kent Grimes
    • Sep 19th, 2010 @ 4:44pm

      Thanks. Sounds like you got yourself a hell of a deal.

      P.S. Don’t get your hopes up. The information about touring on our site ain’t that great!

  2. Aug 22nd, 2010 @ 12:05am

    How would you rate the merits of a Raleigh Touring 18? (By the way I learned about this site through Hector at Robert’s Cycle).

    • Aug 23rd, 2010 @ 11:51am

      so so?
      I’m not very familiar with that one. Do you have any more information?

      • Aug 23rd, 2010 @ 5:04pm

        I’m looking at buying a Raleigh 18 for $250 and wondering whether it’s a good price for the bike. This one has deore shifters, diacomp brakes and araya aluminum wheels. The frame, at least, is from the mid 80s.

        At the bike store they said it was a solid touring bike and the only reason the price was so low was that the paint on the frame was chipped in places.

        I was just looking for a second opinion. I don’t have a tour planned yet but it’s something I really want to do. I’ve been looking most of the summer but as I’m 6’6″, finding a frame has been difficult.

        I just don’t know if I should grab this one or just pick up a cheap road bike to ride until I find the right touring frame.


        • Aug 24th, 2010 @ 12:54pm

          I wrote up a list of questions for you. Check your email.

  3. Jun 25th, 2009 @ 2:45pm

    I just bought a vintage Bridgestone touring bike with lugged frame. 27″ It has no model on it. The tag on the neck is metal and the bike is is pearl white and the serial # is 4F28055. Anybody have any idea what year and model it is. The releases on the front hub look like big wing nuts and the kickstand is mounted to the rear axle.

  4. Jun 24th, 2009 @ 10:48am


    I’m looking for a 63 cm Univega Gran Turismo (1983 vintage) w/ Suntour Mountech derailleurs in great shape.

    Since you expressed an interest in othet makes & models of tourers, I was hoping mebbe you could steer me in the right direction. Know ao any around? Any sources?

    I’m willing to pay a premium price.

    Thanks for your help.


    • Jun 24th, 2009 @ 7:59pm

      That is a pretty damn specific request for a pretty uncommon bike…but there are probably a few left in the wild.
      I would watch craigslist and ebay like a hawk.
      Let everyone who might know that certain old dude with a garage full of neat bikes that you are looking for one.
      Maybe try a museum?
      Maybe consider repainting and building up a so/so frame with a nice suntour mountech group?
      Maybe someone will see your request here.
      Good luck!