Well, I'm still in the process of tweaking my Jamis Aurora. I've already upgraded the mediocre shifters it came with to a nice set of bar ends, but as I ride around, I'm starting to slightly rethink my uses for the bike.
First of all, I'll be clear that I DO plan on touring. However, I can't see myself having time for more than weekend to four day tours in the near future--like the next year or so. I do quite a bit of weekend riding, and I also commute. The majority of my mile son the bike, it's turning out, are going to be non-touring, or light touring.
So my question is whether two rings are adequate for purposes (I'm leaning towards yes, but I'd like all of your opinions)?
And then, if I do take off the granny, what kind of gearing should I use? Are the 42 and 52 left over just going to be too intense even for light touring?
Thanks in advance for your thoughts.