Last edited by Cyclesafe; 05-01-11 at 05:49 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......
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