Last edited by Cyclesafe; 05-01-11 at 06:49 PM. Reason: Deleted post.
^+1, except the snow part.
The fact of the matter is that there are personal preferences for everything mechanical that interfaces with the human body. I accept the fact that some other 6' 190 lb. cyclist will like something that I may have found to be utterly unacceptable for me.
PS I do agree that a good touring bike's frame is simply a large rigid mountain bike with provisions for racks and fenders.
you can't tour off road with a road bike, right.
some 'expert' has made that decision for everyone?
Sounds like man can't go to the moon either. wait....here's some shaky, looks like pannier mounted, video of a guy on a loaded touring bike on a trail, like the Patterson Bigfoot footage......
"Evidence, anecdote and methodology all support planning for roadway bike traffic."
Instead of OCD on the perfect rig before you start, just put some stuff
in some bags that work, and go somewhere, for a while. on what bike you have..
I've done a good bit of off road touring on 700c wheels shod in 32mm Panaracer Paselas. It worked swimmingly.
[Sarcasm]I guess you just don't have the skills to use a 'typical 700c wheel' off road, it just takes a little more finesse, a little more deft handling than your typical tourist has. [/Sarcasm]
Current fashion always dominates but never rules, otherwise we couldn't have fashion.
2005 trek 520
1996 Cannondale T1000
1970s Schwinn Deluxe Breeze