I'm looking to do some simple overnight camping trips this summer. I don't have time to do anything extended, so I'm only talking one, or two, nights at the most. I could just pack up my Xtracycle with almost everything I own, but would like to go a bit lighter, and faster, with my Giant TCX cyclocross bike.
I've read through many of the threads on here about people using all manner of bikes for touring, but I'm wondering if the wheels on my bike can handle a light load? They are cross wheels, is I would think that they would be stronger than standard road wheels, but am not 100% sure of this. The light spoke count has me a bit skeptical.
I have a rack on the back and can fit a small(ish) set of front panniers on the rack without any heel-strike- so that's not an issue. I also have some light backpacking gear that will work without weighing things down too much- but still more than a bare bike.
My other question comes to gearing. Right now I have an FSA compact double on the front (34/50) and am wondering if there's any way to drop the 34 inner ring down to anything smaller. I could always put a triple on, but if I was going to go that far I would probably use the xtra- or look into a LHT. The idea is to do some simple trips with gear I already own and not have to modify anything too greatly. I already have 28mm slicks for the road, but could go wider if needed.
Here's the spec's on the bike: http://www2.giant-bicycles.com/en-US...llections_id=3