I really want to try touring, but I don't want to spend $$$ on a brand new bike, so I'm gonna ask: could I do tours with my current bike?
I have a 1998 Raleigh SC-200. Here is a link to what I can find on the geometry:
It's comfortable for me, but it's not fast, and it's heavy and built like a tank. I use it for pretty much everything at this point, commuting, utility, groomed trail riding (I don't do hardcore trail riding).
I have changed out the original saddle (it was horrible) and I switched to trekking bars two summers ago with Ergon grips, and I just switched to clipless pedals.
I guess my question is this: will my bike geometry work for touring? I figure I can give it a try and if I really enjoy touring I can put some money into an actual touring bike, but for the moment I'd like to know if what I have will work ok?
My bike, click for bigger.