Hello. Newbie here with a questions for you all. In a couple of weeks I will begin the Land's End to John O'Groats (UK End-to-End) which I hope to complete in about 3 weeks and I can't decide if the Koga Miyata trekking bike or the Trek 520 touring bike is a better bike to get. Cost is not an issue. The key issues for me are:
1) whether i need the Koga Miyata to carry me (I'm on the big side) and all my gear or if the 520 will be sufficient;
2) whether the Koga Miyata is a better investment, long term, given what I see (at least on paper) are the better Koga technical specifications;
3) whether the heavier Koga frame will make that big of a difference for someone like me (i've done some long distance trips in Asia and Europe; but I'm just starting up touring again) who is doing a long (gear-heavy) journeys like the End-to-End. As a side note, I'm using the End-to-End as a test to see whether I can do a round-the world-trip some time soon. Will it be more difficult to re-start touring on a heavy bike? Is the Koga really THAT heavy?
Any thoughts or suggestions would be helpful.