I want to go touring in europe for up to three months. I would like to camp when possible so intend to carry a sizable load including my camping and cooking needs as well as other essentials such as tools, clothes, food and maps etc.
I am naturally considering buying a touring bike as my racing bike (a dawes gire 200) is unlikely to be suitable for the load I will need to carry. I have a good amount to spend and so was looking at offerings from koga and thorn, as I am interested in the rohloff speed hub, and dont want to be worrying about over loading but i worry about taking such expensive bikes away incase they get stolen.
what sort and price of bike have people toured on? is it necessary to purchase a top of the line bike? are my fears about broken spokes unfounded when touring on make shift tours such as MTB and cheep touing bikes?