(touring noob, that is)
...his only concern would be the apparent 130mm rear spacing and Tiagra hubs.
I'm no clyde at 156lbs, but sought out a commuter with 135mm rear and Deore hubs for rough pavement. A friend's Trek 1000 road bike with Tiagra hubs is already rolling rough after one fair weather season on smoother roads.
I really like the LHT complete at around $1000, but could get a 2006 Novara for much less. Are the Tiagra hubs a valid concern as far as durability, or are they fine if maintained properly? Would an eventual upgrade to, say, Ultegra be as durable as an LX? This ride is aimed at 3-5 day loaded tours for the forseeable future, and I'm guessing about 30lbs of gear/food based on backpacking.. Thanks in advance.