Hi everyone...just joined the forum so this will be my first thread...before i start, i just want to thank everyone for giving their time and energy to help newbies like me..first, i'll do a quick introduction for everyone..my name is lev and i'm from australia..currently living in japan (about 3.5 years) and just got back into riding again..used to ride a road bike when i was in high school so its been more than a decade.. recently got a specialized rockhopper and been riding for a while and really enjoy the sport..unfortunatley havent been off road many times except for two occasions and am planning to do more in the next few weeks..have been riding my bike on road though almost every day or two, and before that been riding in japan for a while for commuting to work and stuff on a one speed bike (called mama chari in japan..almost everyone has one, and can ride on the sidewalk so pretty safe )
anyway, will be leaving japan towards the end of the year and thinking about going riding in south east asia for couple of months before heading back home. also will head to hokkaido for 10 days up north of japan this august to go riding in the mountains and camping..my question is, is it possible to do touring with the mountain bike i have? i'm not going to carry too much stuff, as i will be staying at cheap hostels in south east asia and eat at restaurants or shops ..so will be setting up panniers on the back and carry some clothes and spare parts (maybe a small tent just in case). is it possible to tour laos, cambodia, thailand and myanmar with a specialized rockhopper?? do i need any modifications? i really dont want to spend on another bike or too much on modifications as its really expensive here and would like to save money for the trip.. if you have any recommendations i would ve very glad to hear them...
thanks for all your help in advance..
ps one other question, how much weight is acceptable to carry on the back panniers on a mountain bike? like i said my bike is an aluminium rockhopper with disc brakes, 2005 model