I am new to touring and on my 2nd year back after nearly twenty years of not biking.
I am getting into longer rides now (50+ mi.) and I am looking into getting into touring/bike camping on the weekends and on vacations.
I own a 2004 Specialized Sirrus (Standard model with a Steel fork) and I wonder if anyone in this group tours on these. I notice mine has triple water bottle attachments, front and rear braze ons for racks, and what looks to be a very solid frame set. All in all it looks to be ready to go.
I have a brooks spring loaded seat and with the steel front fork, it makes for a very smooth ride. I don't notice any "aluminum" issues at all.
I am considering making a few alterations and using this bike for touring. I think a Trekking style butterfly bar, and lower gearing are in order.
Has anyone encountered problems or great success with these bikes on light to medium tours?
Thanks for any info ,