Hi Everyone. My apologies if this has been discussed before, but I couldn't find anything from doing a search. I recently purchased a 2002 Gunnar Roadie. It's the nicest frame I've ever owned and the geometry is super comfy. I've been thinking about turning this into a touring bike but have some reservations. It uses normal caliper brakes but I should be able to accomodate fatter tires and fenders. Also, I've considered getting the rear spread to accomodate a tougher mountain style hub....but I've also considered just getting a phil touring hub spaced to 130mm. My main concern came after looking at the Gunnar website. This is specifically what the Gunnar website says about the Roadie's max recommended load.
Max Recommended Load (rack and pannier loading). 22 lbs. (10 kg)
To be honest, I don't know how much weight is normal, but 22lbs definitely seems to be on the light side. Does anyone know if this weight includes racks and panniers? Also, it wouldn't cause anything catastrophic if I went over this weight would it? Any suggestions/help is appreciated.