I'm planning my first new bike build right now. It'll be a bike mostly for recreationally riding paved paths, visiting relatives in the suburbs...and hopefully going on short (up to 1 week) on-road camping trips in the future. I'd travel light, using mostly backpacking-style gear, but still I appreciate that camping entails a much heavier load than credit-card or supported touring.
But I have no touring experience, so here I am.
I was considering the Salsa Casseroll frameset since it seems well-suited for the recreational road riding that will encompass a large percentage of its use. But Salsa's insistence that the Casseroll isn't for loaded touring gave me pause.
I assume that the funky handling (or whatever would be the problem with loaded touring) comes from loading the frame with panniers. How would the bike fare with a trailer? I just want to see how far I could push the envelope with one bicycle.