Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: calgary, canada
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I'm a big fan of touring with the bike you've got -although most people who get the bug will migrate to a touring bike of some sort.
On the other hand "just say no to carbon" is my other motto.
I would definitely go the BOB trailer route with a carbon bike, rather than try and retrofit racks and panniers. Carbon bikes just aren't made for those kinds of stresses and when carbon fails, it fails catastrophically. Not something you want to experience.
Before all the carbon fans start slagging me, let me summarize-
If you use your carbon frame bike, make sure you don't expose it to stresses it wasn't designed for - use a trailer or go super-ultra light.