Like other lurkers on the board, I dream about being able to tour on a bicycle someday. I started saving for a touring bike a couple months ago, but the piggy bank is slow to fill due to my current financial state. I searched this board for some insight and I came across this old thread (The Ultimate Bike Build).
The Ultimate Build
This thread got me thinking and I' thought I should try a short tour (two day tour maybe) this coming spring, and see how it goes. If I like it, I might go all out for a touring bike build or buy a new one.
So, lets begin, this is what I got,
Its a Scwhinn '91 Paramount (Japanamount to others ).
If I upgrade to a triple chainring and use a trailer to carry my stuff's will its rear axle hold up? There's no provision for racks on this bike, so I think a trailer is my only option (no?). My main concern is, of course, durability. Can this bike hold up? Should I continue saving for a "True Touring Bike" or continue on with what I got?
So far, I have a brooks saddle and I have converted the tires to 700X28 Conti Gator Skin. Surprisingly enough, It fits! As for fenders, I know there are clip on one's but, maybe I'll just go without it.
Thanks in advance for any helpful advice!
And..oh..please take it easy on me, I'm new to this whole touring thing.