I can't afford to buy a touring bike this year. Which of the following would be best suited for touring. I'm a 55-year-old female, moderately fit, will ride 20-30 miles per day.
1) Trek 1000 road bike. Aluminum frame. Tires 700x28. Wide-range mountain gears. Fits me perfectly due to many modifications of components. Drawbacks: not sure if fenders will fit; might not have enough heel clearance for panniers; bartop brake levers interfere with front bag; only 1 water bottle cage. The frame is so small it will be hard to find space for more water bottles. It can take a rear rack, possibly also front.
2) Specialized Crossroads hybrid: 2002 model (no front shocks), still in great condition. Steel frame. Heavier than the Trek. Gears are not as wide as the Trek, so it will not be as easy on hills. Has bar ends mounted toward the center of the handlebar for alternative hand positions. Tires 700 x 28. Frame is plenty stretched out for fenders and heel clearance. Eyelets for front and rear panniers and fenders.
My position is the same on both bikes---moderately forward, not too upright not too low. I never use the drops on the road bike.
I know neither of these bikes is idea for touring. Which one would be better? I prefer the Trek because it's lighter and has full MTB gears for steep hills, but I fear the frame is too compact for touring.