As this is my first post, I’d like to start by thanking the people on this forum for all of the great information on bikes, racks, wheels, etc that I have been reading. All the info has been really helpful.
I have been debating whether or not to purchase new bike for riding in the mountains around my adopted home of Geneva, Switzerland. I finally broke down and purchased a Sequoia Elite. I know that this bike is not a touring bike, but I've read about people using it for light touring. As people on this forum seem to know a lot about issues of bicycle and wheel strength, my question is about whether or not people think this bike is strong enough (with the 25 mm tires and 32 spoke count wheels) to put a child seat on to take a three year old (about 17 kgs) on rides through the neighboring countryside. I would always be on paved roads and personally, I am not too heavy (between 68 and 72 kgs depending on the time of the year). I am also concerned about the brakes coming down some of the hills around here (just in case I happen to get stuck with only one way down). If I were alone and weighed 95 kgs, I would not be concerned at all. But with my daughter on the back, I’d rather ask people who know something about bicycle strength issues. I have a mountain bike too, so I could also use that bike to take my daughter around. However, with a new bike, I'd love to be able to ride it around without having to leave the kids at home.