Today was the day. Find a bike or go home. We had narrowed it down to several different models, all steel frame US/UK style touring bikes. If you want further details on choosing our bikes, you can click here. I was surprised at how few stores stocked touring bikes. My plan had been to show up and try out the showroom bikes but the reality is that these bikes sell so rarely that most shops only stock a few and order the rest.
We visited around twelve stores and after two full days of searching, we found our bikes: a Ridgeback Panorama and a Ridgeback Voyage. Dean at Simpsons cycles seemed to have all the answers for us and like clockwork, we were able to find almost all our bike gear there as well. Though many people told us it was better to buy a bike in the US and send it over, this certainly worked out well for us and ended up costing less because we get the sales tax exemption! Tomorrow we begin our Odyssey.