I'm obsessed with the idea of bike touring and was hoping to convert my 2006 Trek 1200 road bike for touring fun. However, the more I read about touring bikes and how the bike needs to function and be set up to accommodate the stress from weight, etc., the more I'm skeptical that I can pull it off with this bike. I'm about 140 lbs and am not sure how much weight I'd be putting on the bike though I know I'd like to do some bike camping, so figure in hiking tent and sleeping bag, etc. Right now I have rear panniers to use and not sure if I'd be putting front panniers on right away, but that could be an option down the road. I don't think there's enough room in the frame to put much wider tires on, and I anticipate going on rail trails, etc. (not just paved roads).
Here's a link to the bike I have. Do you think this could work or if I should scrap the idea and focus on getting a real touring bike (that I could also use for commuting).