I have been going through a lot of your threads many have helped. I am thinking of doing my first tour next summer. It will probably be a weekend tour or a 3 day tour. I have so many questions even after reading a lot of these threads.
I currently ride an entry level road bike its not light maybe 25lbs or so. I am looking to add the racks to it for my first tour. I will probably sleep at a cheap hotel/motel for my first tour. I have been reading about what types of bike to use etc... And I am more confused now than before. I looked at all the pics of your loaded bikes and saw how diversed they are from drop bars to flat. from disc to reg brakes. from mountain frames to road frames damn where do I start?? I read every post in the tips and tricks thread.
do I get a trailer or just bags? do I look for a used touring bike? is it possible to convert my entry level road into a touring bike? How many miles should I train to ride for a weekend tour? I can ride 50 miles comfortably now on an unloaded bike?
AS I said I am confused