Hi all, I have been flipping through this forum for awhile and have recently gotten way into the idea of doing some touring. I'd like to do a few-day trip to montreal, camping on the way, this fall. Then see if I can get some longer trips in after that.
I have been riding my Trek Mt Track 820 for over a decade and I am very comfortable riding it. It is in good shape and almost everything on it (brakes, cassette, cables, tires, rims, hubs etc etc etc) has been upgraded/overhauled over the years, some out of necessity, some just 'cause I felt like it. The frame is good cro mo steel and I have semi-slick tires on it. I know a lot of people prefer to tour with road bikes but this one really is like an extension of my legs, and I think shelling out enough cash for a good fitting road bike, getting a feel for it and getting it set up, would cost too much and take too long to make a tour feasible anytime soon. So, a few questions that have been lingering in my mind:
1- I have never ridden with toe clips or straps or whatever. Always just used the regular old pedals. Does anyone tour without them? Should I get some?
2- My frame has braze-ons but I think it has shorter rather than longer stays. Will this become a problem with heel/pannier clearance? Is there a rack or panniers that fit better on short stays?
3- I still need to get racks and panniers for this thing. All the racks I see online say "load limit 25 lbs" at the most, but then I hear all you guys talking about loading your bikes up to 100lbs... am I missing something or are you just ignoring the load limit?
Thanks in advance for all your help folks.