I was in my LBS today, getting my mtb looked at. Bottom bracket is loose, but they are fixing, for free ofcourse. I was looking at cyclocross bikes and asking about touring bikes, and the guy showed me the volpe. He stated that it was a cross bike, but also a touring model. Im wondering if this bike does both aspects well, or am I just ending up with a bike that does both jobs but not very well. I assume I could switch the gearing depending on what I want to do, but I would rather not have to.
I would like to do some touring for my vacations. My mother came to live with me, and taking days off and using the house as my center of operations isnt much of a vacation any more. My guess is I would try light touring first, where I would get to areas that had more amenities, but have tent just incase I need it. Later I would move on to actually touring and camping, but making sure I had things planned out.
The guy at the shop also showed me a surly that was built up for another customer. It cost more, but only about $500-$600 total assembled. My concern with a dedicated touring bike was that it wouldnt be as fun flying down a dirt path, or on the road when not touring.
Any advice for someone heading in this direction?