After comparing and riding dozens of touring bikes for the last year I have settled on the Cannondale T2000. Seem's to be the best bike for an older and heavier rider. It will serve me as a loaded touring and commuting bike. I think it is the best choice for me as it seems to have everything that I am looking for without having to change components. Low gearing and heavy tires and rims with top end shifters/derailers. The only real flaw seems to be that it has only 1 threaded hole on both the front and rear for rack/fender mounting. I want this bike to last me for several years and don't mind paying for a bike with a proven track record, there are so many cheaper new touring bikes on the market this year that seem to be converted cyclo-cross bikes which I consider too light for a person my size ( 225lb + load ).
I am interested in any positive or negative opitions on the T2000.