First off, I've been browsing through many of the threads today and there's been some great information I have picked up so thanks for that!
Two of my friends and I are embarking on our first tour in late May/early June, hoping to complete one of the longer routes towards Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain, from either Vienna or Dusseldorf (roughly 2000km/1250 miles).
I've been training physically for a while and with the weather hopefully improving within the next couple of weeks, I was looking to pick up a half decent bicycle that could take this distance with comfort and be used for further tours across parts (or all) of Canada one day. Now, I'm a student in Canada so naturally price is a major issue for me.
I have been looking at the Kona Dew (I see little improvement in the Dew Plus other than the disk brakes, which I don't feel are terribly necessary for me now), and looking to outfit it with a few upgrades (most likely tires, saddle, and handlebars). From the photos on Kona's website, it looks easily equipable with both front and rear panniers. How are the ergonomics of the Dew for touring, as we'll be going for up to 5-6hrs each day? Are there any specific upgrades to the handlebars that you would recommend to improve circulation?
Does anyone have any similar touring experience that could help me out please? Is this a reasonable idea? As much as I would like to splash out $1000+ on a specifically designed touring bike, my budget is just over half that! Alternatively, if you know of a better bike in a similar price range, could you please let me know ?
Thanks in advance!