I got myself a CAAD5 a couple weeks ago after years on a Norco mountain bike, reason being I've found I love biking for hours at a time and I rarely do trails anymore. Anyways, I'm thinking about doing a couple tours in the next 2-3 months. I'm in Toronto, and I plan on getting (on my first trip) to Campbellford (Google directions), and then perhaps later in the summer, Montreal.
I'm only going to worry about Campbellford for now. The route is about 200km, and I know the waterfront route is nice, not sure about the northbound leg. Before I get ahead of myself, though, I would love some input on how I'm going to go about carrying things with me. I've read that backpacks shouldn't be considered, and that makes sense, using racks instead. However, I don't know that my CAAD5 will take a rack. Here's a picture. I don't see any appropriate mounts.
I'll have a friend with me on an older (80's Japanese) road bike, and I know it has the correct fittings, but I don't really want to dump all of the crap on him when his bike is already heavier to begin with!
One more thing - pedals. Right now I have strap pedals (whatever they're called), and of course there are safety concerns with those. Should I be buying the proper shoes and clip pedals? Will that not be a huge pain if I want to do any walking at all? Is there a happy medium?
Thanks for any input, all!