Last year I did a credit card tour of the Pacific Coast on my 2008 Cannondale Synapse 6 (http://www.cannondale.com/usa/usaeng...pse-6-(triple) ) road bike. Next year, I'm thinking of taking this bike on a fully-loaded self-supported tour of around 14 days. I know, I know.. it's obviously not the brightest thing in the world to do. Fully loaded touring on a road bike?! But because I'm on a very tight budget, I won't be able to purchase a sturdy touring bike.
The Synapse 6 doesn't have any eyelets to mount a rear rack, but I'm thinking about buying some Tubus stay mounting clamps (similar to "P" clamps) that will allow me to mount one. My main concern however is how the bike frame will hold up with the weight (40 lbs.+). After all, I don't think it was crafted to hold so much weight in that area.
As for everything else other than the rack issue, I feel that my bike is pretty suited for a tour. Some things I swapped out in exchange for: Continental Gatorskins (700 x 28) , Brooks Saddle, and extra bottle cages. I already have a Lonepeak handlebar bag which I used for my last credit card tour, and I'm thinking of purchasing a set of Ortlieb panniers and rack pack for the rear rack.
I'm leaning more to the rack+panniers concept, but as a back-up I think I will go for the BOB trailer as a last resort.
So what are your thoughts on touring fully loaded on a Cannondale Synapse 6 road bike? Does anybody have any experience with this? Please note that yes.. I am fully aware of the disadvantages of using a road bike on a tour. Advice is MUCH appreciated!