Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Gouverneur NY
Bikes: 2003 BIANCHI VIGORELLI, 2002 TREK 520, Schwinn Mesa WINTER BIKE
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There's no reason the bike won't make it. I think the question is: can you make it on that bike? It's not an ideal touring ride, there are components that would make it a little easier on you, like fenders, more robust wheels/tires, racks, lights, handlebar bag, the list goes on and on. It's all what you want. The bike doesn't care, it will roll on down the road just fine as long as you push on the pedals.
Also can someone recomend a good saddle for the 2.1 now because my bottom is hurting????
The saddle is not for the bike, the saddle is for you. You have to find one that works for you, and admittedly, that is one of the biggest challenges of riding bikes. Some quick advice: Leather saddles are great for sit bone comfort, but can be hard on the perineum and are not for everybody. Specialized makes a large selection of Body Geometry saddles that are very popular. More padding does not neccessarily equate to more comfortable.
Another tip; you can pull a small two wheeled trailer with any bike. Burley makes a touring trailer called the Nomad that is very popular. Loaded racks and panniers put bicycle frames through a lot of stress. Even a Bob trailer puts stress on the rear wheel and frame triangle.