Okay so I currently have a Surly LHT, a Surly Pacer (Road Bike) and a couple of racing bikes. My LHT is my go anywhere bike, but for touring fairly light, by which I mean I rarely use front panniers unless I am going into serious backwoods or remote places, it seems a little like overkill, just a bit too sturdy,. too heavy, too rugged. I love it, but was wondering what other's experiences might be on something like a cross check with a rear rack. I have heard a lot of good things about the cross check, and know a few guys who race them for cross, but wanted to know how they have faired for light touring.