I'm looking to purchase my touring bike and thought I was all set to go with a Rodriguez, but then found a website that had me thinking about a ti bike. Currently, my bike is a Trek 7300 and it weighs...gulp...32 pounds UNLOADED. It's also a bad fit, but it's sufficient for pounding up and down the local roads.
I'm still learning bike basics so I don't know squat about various components and what makes one particular part better than another. All I'm really looking for is a basic, reliable touring set-up since anything else will be over my current knowledge level. I'm planning on pulling a Mayacycle trailer (13lbs) with about 50 pounds of gear (less, if I can manage it). I'm also planning on having S&S couplers (couplings?).
Here's the set up that I've been looking at. Could someone please tell me if this would work and what else I might need? No matter how obvious to you, if you see something, please tell me since I guarantee I'll have missed it. Thanks so much in advance!
Carver Custom Road (Or CX) Titanium Frame (Or Bike)
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Sram Apex Rear Derailleur, Front Derailleur, Shifters, Brakes, Cassette, Chain, and Crankset. Vuelta Corsa Pro 2000 gram black wheelset. FSA Omega black handlebar. FSA SL280 black seatpost. FSA OS-190 black 155g stem. Chumba Racing road saddle in black (or white by request) 275g. (The Chumba is Fizik-Aliante-shaped, cromoly railed with kevlar edges and has a tissue-relief channel.) Michelin Orium 23c tires. Ritchey Logic headset in black. Torelli black cork bar-tape (or by request, blue, red, white, yellow or celeste.)
Frame style: Fully loaded touring geometry (ok, that one I knew)
Regular or long head tube (I'm a 5'5" female...which is better?)
Choose brake mount type: road caliper, v brake/cantilever, disc, disc and cantilver (I
have zero clue. I can repair my current v-brakes, and can learn others, but which
works best for a bike w/trailer?)
Choose rack/fender eyelets (ok, that one I can figure out!)
Choose deraileur hanger type (non-replaceable or replaceable. I'm assuming it's always
better to be able to replace it?)
Choose fork (not included) (would a Litespeed Xicon Carbon be ok?)
I know I'd need to replace the seat for a more (ahem) female-friendly type that I like (personal preference) and get pedals.