One of those days when I am in the office but my mind is somewhere on a bike in Tibet. ;-)
From what I understand, a touring bike would need >42cm chainstay length for a more stable feel. (I know the part about pannier clearance but I am looking at using only saddlebags).
What about a frame with only 40cm chainstay length? It is a pure road machine, but I was wondering if there were significant issues when I put a Carradice saddlebag in terms of handling? Or should I stick to the tested and proven >42cm chainstay length for stability's sake?
ps. I do not have a Carradice or a 40cm chainstay bike to test.