Next summer I plan on cycling from Fairbanks to Panama
Now, I've hiked in the past and I generally travel ultralight
I'm betting that I can get all my gear including tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, clothes, and tools to weigh about 15 pounds
Now, i'd like to travel at a fairly decent pace, however I'm also expecting that I won't always be traveling on paved roads, so I don't want a road bike
I've heard fairly good things about cyclocross bikes, and since I carry very little gear the extra weight shouldn't be an issue
So what do you guys think, cyclocross bike + add rear rack or simply touring bike? I'm kinda liking the cyclocross idea as during the year I won't be doing much touring, but I like to hit up some light trails every one in awhile.
I was considering the Cannondale Cyclocross Optimo or the Cannondale T2000.
Please enlighten me with your knowledge!