I am planning to convert my 1990-ish Cannondale mountain bike for touring. I think the geometry is pretty good for touring. The bike has mostly Deore XT stuff and some Suntour XC stuff.
First decison is tires. My initial thought is maybe Schwalbe Marathon 26 X 1-3/8". Rims are RM 17's. Does that sound like a reasonable choice?
Next choice is bars and brake and shift levers. I definitely find road bars more comfortable than flat bars and bar ends. Will most road brake levers work OK with the Deore XT cantilevers? Any suggestions for shift levers?
I like to ride with my hands on the brake hoods a lot, so road bars and levers seem like the right answer.
Suggestions for other considerations in the conversion welcome too.