So, Iím looking to do some touring through South America as a kind of a graduation present to myself. Iíve been doing some research on what bike would be right for my needs. The tour will probably last 2 to 3 weeks and will be self-contained in a very minimalist fashion and the roads will be unknown conditions (possible dirt). I really wanted a bike with the S&S couplers. And they only frame thatís in my price range is the surly travelers check. From what Iíve read, this frame is a great do anything frame, a jack of all trades. And the cross geometry might lend itís self helpful on unknown terrain. The desire for the S&S couplers in contingent on being able to break the travel case down and pack it with me. Iíd like to have the option of being able to say ďhey this place sucks, Iím gonna take a train a few hundred miles thatía wayĒ. Iím looking go get the most versatility as I can out of this rig as I can. I guess I would use something like a backpack case. (http://www.sandsmachine.com/ac_back.htm) But 8 lb sounds a little ridiculous.
So here are my questions. If anyone has any experience or thoughts it would be greatly appreciated.
Will the travelers check be a decent frame for this kind of trip?
Has anyone packed a case with them?
Is it feasible to carry a bike case while touring? Or is the weight to usefulness ratio way the hell outa whack.
Does anyone have a better idea for a break down case?
Thanks for the help,