A few days ago, I saw a thread about touring rigs with disk brakes between the seat stays and the chain stays so racks and fenders could be easily installed. I've already scoured the forums and searched for it, but I can't find the thread.
The good news, I have decided that I need a new bike, and that I want it with Disk brakes. Bad news is that I want a road bike with disk brakes, which eleminates about 99% of the market. I'll settle with an expedition type rig, if I have too; such as the 2008 Jamis Commuter 4 and the 2008 Marin Novato; However, I really really want a road bike with disk brakes. Especially if I can get it close to the specs of my Univega viva Touring.
My Univega is a 1985 frame, with a great mix of components that are great for long rides, but she can't stand up to all weather commuting with 10-35 pounds of books and such. I want a touring Road bike for a few reasons. First, the ride position will be more comfortable. Second, I can easily have multiple hand positions that encourages a semi-aero profile (I'm almost always commuting into a headwind, no mater what time of day). Third, the things are so dang versatile and can carry a lot of heavy stuff before it starts to complain.
I want the Disk brakes because of the guaranteed stopping power in rain.
THank you for those that respond,