I am brand new to touring and am planning a trip (Calgary-Victoria) with a buddy for this June. I have already bought almost all of the equipment that I need, but I'd like to ask a few questions of the experts...
i) My bike doesn't have fenders, and I am thinking of not getting them. How strongly would you advise that I get fenders?
ii) I am planning on camping as much as possible during my trip but for the times that I need to lock up and leave my bike, what do you recommend? Right now I have a Bell D-Lock. Do I need to get something better? What if I want to leave my rear bags unattended on my bike? Is this unadvisable? Is there any way to lock them to my bike?
iii) Shoes. I don't know very much about touring shoes. I understand that I should go with some kind of cleat/touring shoe setup vs. clips, but I don't know what to look for in a shoe or what kinds of shoes are compatible with the pedals on the bike I have now.
Thank you very much for any advice you can give!