A friend an I are doing a West Coast tour this summer. Eugene to SF. While I have a genuine touring bike, my touring partner opted to purchase a road bike for the job. It's a Sora-equipped Trek 1200 from the late 90s, early 2000s. It has eyelets for racks and all that. My bigger concern are the wheels. 32 spoked no-namers.
Here's the dilemma. He's coming to the end of his gear budget, so we're trying to figure out what's necessary. He's a fairly light guy at 5'9, 150-160lbs. His gear, while not ultra-lightweight, is still on the light side of things. (hammocks, small sleeping bag, etc.)
Do you think he can forgo new 36-spoke wheels and get away with the existing 32? Or is that a really bad idea? I was thinking that he can probably get away with just a rear 36-spoke wheel, as most of the weight is on the back. But, if we can go with the 32s, life would be a lot easier.
At this point, a BOB trailer isn't an option.
What say you bikeforums/touring?