Hi everyone, I have been reading this forum a while and have learned quite a lot. I would now like to request some specific wisdom from you guys
I have a Kona Dew Delux bike. So far I have put a rear rack on it, and a couple mec 40l panniers (not water proof). I also have a Hennesy hammock to sleep in, I am looking at getting a better sleeping bag (mine is +5c), it gets chilly in the hammock
I am planning a cross continent bike tour and need some advice on upgrading my bike. I would love to go out and buy a Long Haul Trucker or equivalent but I have only a few hundred bucks to spend. So I am wondering what the most cost effective upgrades might be. I am also ok with ruffing it and going as light weight as possible.
Some ideas I got from reading was a Brooks Saddle, about $100 bucks. A front waterproof bag for camera and ereader about $150 bucks. Some more ergonomic bar grips with bull horn ends...or possibly a new bar with some variety of places for my hands. I am limited in my choices though because I can't afford to replace the break system (or have convinced myself of that fact). I have disk breaks so if that is a big nono...perhaps I might need to re-budget and have them replaced, I was thinking of getting really long lasting pads or something. The bloody things rub off and on all the time though, this bugs me, but it might not affect performance...I don't know about that one.
I have a 32mm tire in the back, a conti touring tire, and a 35mm conti country ride in the front...is it worth replacing the front one...or should I just grab a spare. I would like to do mostly roads, but backcountry riding would be nice...and perhaps necessary, dirt roads in mexico etc.
Also is it worth upgrading the pedals to clips and going that route, or is that more of a luxury...basically should I spend money on it or re-direct funds to other things. I am looking at spending about 300 bucks in total, but will consider more if really necessary.
What do you guys think?