I am usually in the road race forum as I ride a road bike.
Right now, am in the process of planning for and building a touring bike.
Purpose of bike
Able to do light to moderate (and even heavy) touring, with ability to go a little offroad or at least tackle a bit more difficult terrain than roads.
These is the frame and components I have got :-
54cm Cyclocross frame (wheel size 700c, BB width 68mm, R frame width 130mm)
No fork at present
52-40-42 triple crank and BB
old Mavic 700c 36 spoke rims
other generic parts from my road bike.
1) What kind of fork would I need?
2) Can i stick with the rims and build a wheelset with more knobbly tires?
3) Am thinking of a flat bar with MTB style shifters/levers. How suitable is this with the road crank I have?
4) Any other aspects I should take note of?
I am almost a complete newbie to touring bikes, having more experience in road racing bikes, and little in mountain bikes. Thank you in advance for your kind answers.