I read through the "carbon bikes on brevets" and found that to be a very interesting and informative thread. But, I had some other question that don't really relate to the carbon bikes, and thought I'd see what I could find out here.
I'm looking for a new bike. I've been riding my industrial cruiser a couple of years now, and am ready to get something lighter and faster. I'll be trying some rando events on it, as well as daily get-in-shape riding and charity rides. I'm new to the rando stuff, so I don't expect to be doing 600k's right off or anything like that. And, I should add that I'm around 250 lbs, maybe a bit less, but still heavier than most of the people that do this kind of thing. And, looking at the low end of the money scale, say around $1,000. I might try some short credit-card type tours, but don't anticipate really loading it down other than by my own weight.
As a personal preference, I'd like to have full fenders. And I'd like to have a front-mounted bag to hold whatever junk I take along. The rest is sort of open.
Now, first question is tire width. In that other thread, I think there was mention of using 23mm tires all the time, and of rando bikes having 30mm, and then I see that a lot of the bikes that sound interesting to me are actually touring bikes and come with 32 or 38mm or so tires. How noticeable is that in speed & easy of pedaling? How much of an improvement on chipseal? I can understand that narrow higher pressure tires ought to roll easier but rougher, but don't have any basis for saying which quality is more important, or what a good compromise is.
Secondly, with the fenders and front bag (and possibly front rack), are there other bikes I should be looking at?
And lastly, do any of y'all have personal experience with any of the following bikes. I can look up specs and compare that and all, mainly interested if you actually own one and what you think of it; whether you'd especially recommend it or recommend against it for that kind of riding:
Surly Long Haul Trucker