Without wanting to solicit too much personal information... I'm wondering what the average total weight (rider and luggage) on a touring cycle is. Me, for example, I'm about 200lbs without luggage, and planning an unsupported tour in an area where we'll have to camp, cook, and carry food & water for up to four/five days before refill, and where the temperature could drop to freezing at night. And it'll be a very long way from a bike shop. And it's very hilly (Himalaya!). So I'm a wee bit concerned about the total weight on the bike - I'm thinking it'll be close to 300lbs by the time I've filled the water bottles.
Have you ever toured with that much weight? Should I saw the handle off my toothbrush?