Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: NE Tx
Bikes: Tour Easy, Linear USS, Lightening Thunderbolt, custom DF, Raleigh hybrid, Felt time trial
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Unless you're a minimalist, and unless you know for certain that your touring will be limited to a few, occasional, overnights, be careful not to buy too small. When I started touring, had no idea it would turn into an avocation, and consequently bought too small. Cost me in the long run.
FWIW, I tour unsupported with Axiom Seymore for kitchen/food and Champlain for tent/clothes, with waterproof covers, plus a rack pack for sleeping gear. Great to have room for extra food, water, and clothes when needed. Total weight 30-50 lbs depending on the season and route. Extra weight is really not very noticeable.
The bicycle is one of the great inventions of mankind. Delights children, challenges young men to feats of daring, and turns old men into boys again.--Me