I'm in the early stages of shopping for a new bike for touring. At one LBS, I was told that they no longer carry touring bikes. I could order one from them (Trek), but I wouldn't have the opportunity to test ride it.
And LBS #2, I was told that the model they used to carry (Giant) are no longer manufactured. The guy also went on to say that many manufacturers are no longer offering a touring model.
What gives? Are touring bikes really falling out of favour? If so, what's a new tourer to ride instead?