So I'd really like to do some tours of decent distance, as at the moment I have no ties. The thing is at the moment I have quite an out-of-date bike and limited funds. This forum scares me a bit because I can't really go for ortlieb panniers - I'm more looking at cat litter buckets strapped to my bike!
Here is my bike, I believe it's a '97 but not too sure. More of a town/towpath bike really, but...
Is it any good for touring? As well as bars, rack, and mudguards, what should I be looking to add/change? Ideally I'm looking to go over and see some friends in Holland, and do a good few hundred miles over there (nice and flat )
I know this is a fairly vague question, but I'm looking for some expert opinions before I spend on gear that's not going to do any good!