I took my Bianchi Volpe out on a camping trip this weekend. I managed to get the gear down to 32 pounds on the back and about 5 pounds in a handlebar bag on the front.
Unfortunately, this setup leaves the front end rather "twitchy". In fact, after doing 120 miles this weekend, I notice that it's not my legs that hurt but my arms and shoulders from wrestling with the steering.
You may also notice that I am kind of top-heavy too. But actually the top weight is only 10.5 pounds. (Although in normal round-town riding, I have abandoned the use of a trunk on the rack because it makes the bike seems too top-heavy.)
Any suggestions? Should I move some of this weight up front? Abandon the handlebar bag? Get a new bike?