Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Central Coast, CA
Bikes: Surly LHT, Specialized Rockhopper, Nashbar Touring (old), Specialized Stumpjumper (older), Nishiki Tourer (model unknown)
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No, it's not a "real" touring bike, but you can tour on almost anything. I weigh 200 lbs. My road bike (a Specialized Allez) handles my weight fine. You could carry 60 lbs. of gear (a pretty huge load) and just get up to my "dry" weight. I started touring on an old 10 speed with a rear rack from Fred Meyer. I made my own panniers and bungied my tent over the top of the load. I carried my sleeping bag between the handlebars on string. The gearing wasn't very low but I was young.....
Anyway, if you want to make the Trek work, it can. Put a light rack on the back, carry a sensibly small load, and go. If you really want to do a lot of touring on a dedicated machine, buy a touring bike. Either way is a good choice.