I'm getting a 56cm, 26" wheel Surly LHT for my first touring bike. I haven't bought it or anything else.
(1) Would an Alivio M410 48/38/28, 8-speed, crank be a good idea or a bad one? Has anyone done long touring with one? Are all three chainrings steel?
(2) Or, a Deore M590 48/36/26, 9-speed? Are all three chainrings steel?
Any other suggestions are welcome.