So I have this gorgeous Dawes Galaxy and would like to do a few small tours around Ontario this summer, like just up the Bruce Peninsula and maybe the near north a bit. Eventually I'd like to do some extended tours too.
Here it is now, as a ten speed.
I'm thinking some 36 spoke (or 40 rear?, I'm ~200lbs) 700c wheels, long reach dual pivots. It only has single eyelets for fenders or racks though, I'd need some way to rig up fenders to the racks I guess. The frame has a reynolds 531 sticker on it. I like the retro-looks of the polished velo-orange rims, are they suitable for extended touring or should I stick with some of the more recommended Mavics or other big names? I have to go with dual-pivots as there aren't any mounts for other brakes... would dual pivots really be of concern on an extended tour? I'd definitely get koolstop pads as well.
I think I'd like to spread the frame, and get an 8 or 9 speed rear and a triple in the front... wider, aluminum bars too... probably randonneur bend, as I'm a fan of those.
I'm also not 100% set on using this bike but I've heard good things about them as tourers, so it doesn't seem like a bad starting point, does it?