The accepted wisdom about touring frames is: (thx Mtnroads) "First of all, a loaded touring bike generally will have a stronger, heavier frame and wheelset, frequently with 36-spoke wheels, to carry the weight. " Why is this true about the frames & tubes? I weigh 250, and am considering unsupported touring. Do lighter frames really break down under the weight & conditions? Is it about stiffness and transfer of power? Is it about handling?
Are touring frames generally over built or not? For me it's not about the weight as it is about cost and utility.
I'd like to see some real world experience in any replies.