I am SO confused! I'm looking to buy a touring bike in about 1 year. I want to re-live younger days and go on short tours, long tours, cross-Canada, France, and do it SELF-CONTAINED, meaning LOADED UP (although not too much, cuz I think panniers on the front look dumb...)
But anyway, I don't even KNOW what "chainstay" means! Same with "geometry, wheelbase, crankset..." Can anyone recommend a BOOK I can read so that I know WHAT to look for and what all this stuff means?
From what I've gathered so far, the most promising bikes seem to be (these include both the mainstays and the new kids on the block, so to speak):
CANNONDALE T800 (& now T2000)
DEVINCI Caribou 1 & 2
SURLY Long Haul Trucker
Talk at me, folks. I'm awaiting yer replies...