I recently completed my first (fully supported) tour and really enjoyed it. In the future, I'd like to try some self-supported tours closer to home.
On my supported tour, I rode my carbon road bike with only a handlebar bag because the tour company handled all my other gear. However, as I continue touring, I'm going to need to haul my own gear.
Here's my dilemma: I'm torn between trying to rig up my Giant OCR2 road bike for touring, or whether to save up and buy a true touring rig. My 2005 OCR2 has a carbon fork and low spoke count wheels, which probably don't lend themselves to touring. It is, however, a triple and it's paid for and I really only use it for a foul weather/backup road bike. I like the idea of using it for touring, rather than it spending most of its time hanging in the garage.