I am admittedly entering into this plan with a great deal of naivete....I have ridden a lot of miles (usually with a 12 lb backpack while commuting), but never tried something like this.
I am planning a 7-10 day cycling trip this summer, basically "a bike and a backpack" sort of thing. I have purchased a Bontrager Trek Interchange rack/pack (w/ or w/o self-contained panniers) and likely will use it. I see a lot of people talking about special touring "builds" and worrying about whether their wheels will hold up to the load.....will my off-the-rack, lightweight road cycle stand up?
I have a Defy Alliance with Mavic Aksium wheels, fwiw. I do have a Schwinn hybrid (Alexrims R500 wheels) I could use instead, but it is obviously quite a bit heavier and has a different riding position than the road bike so it is not my preference unless necessary.
Any advice for a newbie would be appreciated (not just about the wheels/bike)!