Best for Touring: Marin Four Corners

Designed for long days in the saddle when comfort is key, this classic steel rig comes replete with everything you'll need for your next trek. Upright geometry and a mountain-bike drivetrain will keep you pedaling long after others have retired; mud-clearing cantilever brakes and puncture-resistant tires mean you won't think twice about veering off-road. However, we were won over by such details as rack and fender rigs, which let you easily convert it from a commuter bike into the ideal touring-camping steed. [$1,200; marinbikes.com]

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