That is what the guy at the LBS told me. I have been building a touring bike and have been going to the shop to get parts. I am converting my Giant mtn bike into a touring bike. He laughs at me every time I go in for a part. He doesn't understand touring. I feel kinda stupid. I am 50 years old and do about 15-20 miles/day with a 50 miler on the weekend. I am going to do some 3-4 day tours this summer and then a week long tour. Plan to do 75 miles/day.
He told me that touring is for fat people with their bellies hanging over their seats. He said it was for people that can't ride 20 miles per hour. He pissed me off but I got to thinking he is right. Here I am getting into touring. Why am I doing this? Is is because I can't ride 20 miles per hour. I usuallly can only maintain 10-12 mph fully loaded. I kinda resemble his remark and maybe that is why it pissed me off. He told me that most guys that tour gain weight not lose it. I have to admit I need to lose 10 pounds but I am very slowly losing the weight even though I am not going very fast. Oh well thanks for listening and I am sure lots of you guys have heard these remarks.
Smart ass college puke. LOL.