I have decided that I want to do a little touring. I think I may start with card style touring and see how it goes. After reading a ton of threads here, loaded touring sounds exciting, but that may come in time. My use would also include charity rides both single and multi-day.
I like the sporty feel of my Ketral EMS compared to that of my MTB and a hybrid a rented last month. I am assuming I will be happier with 700 tires. I have gleaned from this forum that Surly LHT and the Trek 520 are popular choice for loaded tours. I think these maybe over kill for CC touring and charity rides.
I like the idea of having a more comfortable bike for my 60-100 mile rides. I have gleaned from the posts here that a "sport" style frame may be what I am looking for? I don't know if these are considered sport, but the Salsa Casseroll, Surly Cross Check, Trek Pilot and Soma ES might be the style of bike I am looking for? I would like the bike to have a longer chain stay as well to eliminate the pannier issues.
Dealing with a LBS in TX would be a bonus to assure I get a right fit, but will consider all options.
Is it possible to find a bike with a sporty and comfortable feel for the cc touring / charity rides, but also have the ability to load some lightweight gear on it? Any/all thoughts and suggestions appreciated.