Originally Posted by ENEMY
I currently ride a cannondale R600 I want to do a tour this April. Would My bike be good to convert into a touring bike?
Benge hit it.
If you're carrying a big load the skinny tires have much less resistance to tire and rim damage when hitting holes. Fenders won't fit well.
If these are low spoke count wheels and you aren't a light person you're likely to run into wheel problems down the line.
If you're a light person and you distribute the weight from front to back and you don't mind small tires you'll have a fast ride if you've got
3. Depends, if fenders and larger tires aren't deemed a necessity and the rear wheel is up to the new larger than normal load it's doable.
I did most of my touring 30yrs ago on Italian road bikes that weren't anywhere as rock hard stiff as the Cannondale. One thing I could do was fit 28mm tires on the bikes which I prefered for comfort and flying over crappy roads. I weighed 145lbs and didn't carry over 15lbs. The big tube aluminum frames were great in touring geometry for heavy people/loads but you could use 32mm tires.
My $.02 is that using racing size tires for riding at a 10-12mph average speed is kind of silly. The entire reason for small tires is low overall weight, low wind resistance and low rotational mass for quick acceleration. Once you load up a bike acceleration is out the window, if you're using panniers wind resistance of the tires is irrelevant and more important factors like ride comfort, durability and resistance to pinch flats become more important. You cannot unweight a loaded bike over potholes as easily as you can a unloaded bike. You're more likely to plow through things.
So sure it's possible, it's not optimal. Light rider and light loads it's doable, heavy rider with heavy loads will REQUIRE strong wheels, tire pressure always high which will be maintained by a frame pump(120psi) and LOTS of attention to where the front tire is going.