I happened to have a couple months free and would like to do some touring, and Iím on a budget. I have done some bike packing (ultralight, overnight endurance trips with stuff sacks strapped under seat and handlebars), but Iím new to what I would consider real touring. My bikes consist of a fixie commuter; high end road bike; 29er full squish mountain bike, that I use for racing; and a ridged 29er. I figure Iíd use the ridged 29er for touring. I have all the camping gear I need, but I'm not sure how to best carry my gear on my bike. Iím thinking of riding the pacific coast route; or something through Arizona, Utah, Idaho, and Washington; and later, maybe the Great Divide. I donít plan on staying on pavement all the time.
Iím not sure what would be the best way to get set up on my ridged 29er mountain bike. I need to spend as little as possible. As far as racks go, Iím pretty sure Iím limited to old man mountain racks, because I have a disk brake only frame and huge 29er wheels. Iím wondering if there are less expensive racks that I could get away with, and Iím clueless as to which cheep panniers would work. I have also looked and some trailers. The Nashbar (bob yak wanabe) trailer is on sale for $100, but would it hold up? Action bent says there trailers donít fit 29erís. Iíve thought about converting a child carrier trailer, but they seem pretty wide for touring. I have no problem modifying things, and improvising, just as long as I donít get stranded.
All advice, recommendations, warnings, comments, and anything else you have to say would be appreciated. Thanks.