I'm currently on the road to Rome, but afterwards I want to keep touring, only it will be too cold to keep touring in europe. My bike is a regular hybrid and more towards the road bike end of hybridness (thin tires, insanely stiff frame), so anything other than tarmac is a struggle.
If I want to go anywhere more exotic like SE asia, I'll get shaken to bits-the cobblestones in switzerland were bad enough :-(
So, the question is, how much can you change to a bike to make it smoother on tough terrain without spending a fortune?
-I already have a suspension seatpost and brooks saddle, which helps a lot
-can you put front suspension forks on any bike?
-bigger, knobbly tires and tougher wheels with more spokes should help
-I can't afford carbon fibre for the headset etc. to absorb vibrations is there a cheaper way to do the same?
-I'll probably buy a trailer so my rack stops getting bashed about so much
can anyone suggest anything else?