Marin Larkspur - passable touring bike?
I'm heading across Canada this spring with my girlfriend and we're looking for some basic, no frills bikes that will still get us from coast to coast. I'll be pulling a burley nomad so that I can take the majority of the weight, and she'll take a lightly packed rear pannier. I've been looking into low cost bikes and the Marin Larkspur has caught my attention. Keep in mind that I'm very new to biking, but the qualities that are selling me on it are the 48/38/28 crankset (low enough to get me over the rockies), the 36 spoke rims, the lack of suspension (other than on the seatpost - which I think should be alright), and - most of all - the price (about $400).
I can see myself replacing the pedals and the saddle, but the rest looks fine to me. Could anyone make suggestions as to whether they think it'll hold up - and if not, then what might be some key upgrades to make it useable?