Heya! Stoked to take my first tour this Spring. Riding the Natchez Trace Parkway (Nashville -> Natchez) then on to New Orleans for the jazz fest.
Here is my question:
I have a Lemond Tourmalet, about three years old. It is a road bike. Can this bike handle a 500+ mile tour w/ rear rack? Will a rack be harmful to the bike?
Someone at the bike shop recommended the Old Man Mountain Sherpa because it has it's own skewer to attach to the back of the bike causing less chance for harm to the frame. Is this truth, or does he want me to buy the most expensive rack?
Any knowledgeable help on the subject is appreciated. If you have any recommendations for a rack which will protect the bike, please pass them on.
Thanks and jam on.