2014 Men’s Claud Butler Windermere
The emphasis of Trekking bikes is on comfort, visibility and protection from the elements. Most of them are fitted with 700c wheels and with wider tyres and rims. These tyres are generally multi condition, in that they have a smooth centre line for efficiency on tarmac, but often have a more knobbly outer tread, to give good traction if the bike is ridden on an unpaved surface. They are fitted with gears which have wide spread of ratios for effortless cycling. The riding position is more upright too, giving good visibility in traffic.
These bikes are often “equipped”, meaning that they can come factory fitted with mudguards, carrying racks and adjustable rise stems for added comfort. All in all, the trekking bike is the best all-rounder there is. It suits the majority of riding that you might wish to do. It is perfect for tarmac riding, even on longer journeys, and yet it is more than capable of being taken onto canal towpaths and forestry tracks.