So I posted this question up in the fixed gear subforum as well, but was curious to see what the touring crowd thinks of this question.
I am looking for a frame to ride on an unsupported fixed tour down the continent that a buddy and I are doing for charity.
My last tour was an unsupported solo ride going north up the pacific coast on a lemond poprad, traveling lightweight. I only ran two rear panniers, and they were both about halfway full, I could of easily fit everything in one pannier but the weight distribution was awkward.
Figured we would make this one a bit tougher by never stopping pedaling. Plus we are going to be traveling very quickly, hoping to average between 80 and 120ish miles a day. We only have about 50 days for a 4000 mile ride, so efficiency is a necessity.
So forget the possibility of the task, because its going to happen. I am just wondering which frame would be the best tool for the job.
I think I am going to be traveling even lighter than my previous ride, only running a (big) saddlebag and a front rack as a water carrying system. Because there are two of us this time, it will be easier to distribute the weight.
So down to the frame qualifications...
-I dont really have any interest in a touring frame, too heavy and upright position wise.
-no vertical dropouts.
-eyelets on the fork would be nice, but not necessarily an absolute need.
-no real need for a frame that can carry a lot of weight. Rider and gear should only weight about 160-180 pounds (depending on water).
-needs to accept big tires.
Thanks in advance for the help!