Slow and unsteady
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: St Louis, MO
Bikes: Bacchetta Agio, Bacchetta Giro 20, Trek 520
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Maybe I just can't make out the details from the small picture, but:
1) It looks like the crank has only two chainrings up front and fairly small cogs in back. If so, that means it doesn't have very low gears for climbing hills while carrying you and your tent, bags, etc. All loaded touring bikes I've seen (except those with Rohloff-type hubs) have a triple crank up front, with a small inner ring, and large cogs in back to give you extra small gears for climbing with a load.
2) It also looks like the bike has standard road-caliper brakes. Generally touring bikes have v-brakes, cantilevers or maybe disc brakes to provide greater stopping power than caliper brakes.
If you are only going to tour in flat areas, or do credit-card touring, this might be OK. Also, you may be a very strong rider and have no problem at all using this bike for loaded touring as is.
Finding compatible replacement components for repairs might be a problem.