I'm new to cycling and even newer to this forum. Looking forward to learning what I can, and looking more forward to meeting new friends!
I presently have a Cannondale R1000 with really tall gearing that I struggle with on the local roads due to hills. I plan to change out the crank with a compact set soon. However, I wonder if a touring bike may be more of what I'm looking for. I'm an avid motorcyclist who loves long-distance touring and camping. I've admired those bicycist on the road with packed panniers off to....? Incredible strength and courage!
When I bought my Cannondale, I asked the salesdude about touring bikes. He replied, "They're boring...you don't want one of those." Being a beginner I was at his mercy. I took his advice, but now wonder if that was the right choice. I don't feel comfortable on a "race" bike, don't plan to race, and not concerned about shaving off few precious minutes of my ride time. I feel like I'm more of a zen-type rider just comfortably and steadily pedaling along over a long distance.
I wish I could find a dealer who stocks touring bikes. Every place I've contacted says I have to commit to purchase. I'd at least like to straddle one to see what they are like. I know they have more comfortable ergonomics, but is there a big difference in the ride due to the weight gain? What else can I expect from these bikes? I'm looking at the Cannondale T2. Good choice? Don't want to make another $1300 mistake. Thoughts, opinions, and expertise are relished.