I'm going to do a 4 week tour in Japan this summer/fall. I currently have a full suspension mountain bike, that I use for trails and city commutes daily (with slick tires on). I had first thought to buy a BOB trailer to carry all of my camping gear, because I can't put a rear rack on my mtb. I know it'd be harder riding with a mtb, but it would save me the cost of buying a new touring bike. Problem is, I can't find a BOB trailer or dealer in Japan to save my life...so I could buy one when I return to Canada for a short trip before my Japan trip (sorry, I live in Japan by the way).
Recently though, I came across what seems to be a pretty decent touring bike, made by Giant, called Great Touring 2. http://www.cso.co.jp/bikeshop/giant0...tjourney2.html I know the page is in Japanese, and from what I can find researching the net, is its only in Japan.
Here's my choices... I can buy this touring bike, its fully decked out with 4x20L bags front and rear racks, drop down handebars, fenders, lights etc... OR.....I can keep my MTB, put some mtb fenders on it, find a BOB trailer, reflectors, etc... Any thoughts on this folks??
If anyone has checked this bike out before, let me know please!