My LBS speculates that the Big Dummy might be shipping mid April, even if this is not true, I'm stoked. What do you guys think about the Big Dummy as a touring frame? I love the idea of all that extra storage, but am not sure if the Xtra cycle brand panniers are what I need. I'd feel better with panniers that look a bit more water proof.
I'm a total newb to touring and really don't know where to start. Could you guys give me a run down on the components that are considered standard touring gear?
I'm a big Brooks fan and would go for one of their saddles. I'd definetly go for a butterfly bar.
I'd like to minimize the wear on my part, are the Shimano internal gear hubs considered appropriate for touring?