After getting all the help I did from all the fine folks on here in my other thread, I've settled on getting a touring bike. Great, right?
Except now comes the seemingly endless frustration of deciding on a disc brake model or a traditional rim brake.
The bikes I'm looking at:
Surly Cross Check
Surly Long Haul Trucker (standard AND disc versions)
Salsa Vaya 3
All City Macho Man (disc version out soon, which I might wait for if I decide for discs)
I'm a heavy guy, weighing in at just north of 350lbs. so my main concern really is stopping power with that much weight riding.
I'm not planning on doing any loaded touring- really will just be riding the bike bare on mainly paved roads (sometimes paved dirt roads, both up and down hill), but under various weather conditions.
The bike I've been riding for the past few years, a 2005 Norco Wolverine, has a front disc and I immediately "feel" it when I apply the brakes. Kind of like the brakes on a high performance sports car vs. a Toyota or something, for example. That said, I've never had a bike with both classic rim brakes on it so don't really know what to expect.
I'd appreciate any light that you guys could shed on this matter as I'm still very new to this.