Hi...I am 70 years old and just finished my first long tour on my Surly Disc Trucker. To tell the truth, after a few days of Spartan camping, my wife decided that she wasn't an Army Ranger and motels and restaurants would be critical, if I wanted to stay married and continue this hobby. So now I have a SDT in 50cm that I will sell and need to find a set of bikes that will be good for the next trip. We do have a pair of Trek 7.4s that we use for the usual 20-30 mile local rides. I was thinking about buying a more "road bike" configuration and using the bontrager trunk with built in panniers. I have a Felt V85 that I used to ride and liked it a lot, but am thinking that I want to get 2 of the same model just to make the logistics footprint smaller. I would like to stay under $5k for the pair, but need a little advice. Carbon or aluminum? Discs?
Please, if you have some insights along this line I would appreciate your suggestions.