I'm sorry for hijacking the thread, but I'm planning on touring in Iceland next summer and will be a first time tourer as well. (I've only done short trips up to this point.)
I'm looking at bikes and as I'm on a tight budget - very tight budget - this is the best thing I could find, but even then I have a hard time understanding some of the specs.
Yosemite Panorama 28''
these are the specs in English (translated by me with the help of Google) and where I didn't know how to translate it, I've left it intact. Danish to English.
21 speed bicycle use for both city and highway driving. With front suspension and Shimano nav-dynamo.
Frame size: 50 cm
Number of gears: 21
Back gear: Shimano Acera
Front gear: Shimano TY
Shifting: Shimano Stef 30
Crank: Prowheel, Alu
Crank Bearing: Completely encapsulated
Steering Bearing: Steel
Steer and frame: Kalloy Alloy
Rear hub: Joytech-Alu
Front Brake: Pro Max Alloy
Rear Brake: Pro Max Alloy
Chain: KMC steel
Saddle: Biltema (This will be replaced with a different saddle)
Rim: Alex, jacketed
Weight: 16 kg
Miscellaneous: Screens, luggage rack, support, lights, bell
The bike costs 1800DKK or roughly 350USD. I can literally not afford to pay any more for the bike or I won't be able to afford any gear to go with it (and even there I'm going for cheap no-name brands rather than stuff like Ortliebs or what will you. Anyway I think Ortliebs stuff is way too heavy for my taste and the panniers I've found are sturdy and weigh 1/4 of what the same set of Ortliebs would do).
To me this bike looks sturdy and nice and I'm quite pleased that it's got Shimano gears and dynamo lights as that's what I've had on my mountainbikes and only ever been satisfied with.
So my question is: Can I take this bike to Iceland safely? I don't plan on hitting the interior roads at ALL (maybe on another trip, but not for my first), but having done the Ring Road+various several times in my childhood by car as well as short bike trips out of Reykjavík on my old mountainbike, I know what the roads are like. I just don't know much about bikes per se.
Will I need to replace the tyres? A lot of people seem to have replaced their tyres with mountainbike tyres or wider tyres or both, and some haven't replaced them. So much mixed information! It's driving me mad.
I've checked several biketravelblogs from people that've been in Iceland and looked at their equipment and it seems everyone takes along extra spokes. Is this really necessary? No one ever says anything about actually having had to fix their spokes, it just always figures in their equipment lists...I've had mountainbikes since I was seven and I've done a lot of rough terrain on them, but never had any problems with spokes. The only time I've experienced spokes breaking or falling off was with a 40 year old second hand (probably fourth or 17th hand) city bike that didn't like cobbled streets. The luggage carrier on the back of that one fell off as well, the bolts holding it in place unscrewed themselves.
It says it weighs 16kg - is this a lot or is it normal? It looks like a lot to me but then I have no idea what all my old bikes have weighed so I don't really have anything to compare it with...but I know that all my mountainbikes were heavy because I had trouble taking them down into bike basements without clutching the brakes to prevent it running from me, while with the old city bike (which was quite light in comparison) I never had that problem. So I'm guessing 16kg is normal? I wouldn't want to have a bike that's too heavy.
I don't think I've got any more questions for now... These are the most pressing matters. I hope someone wants to help me out.