This is a shot of my new bike http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/....2/7374/44055/ purchased about 6 weeks ago. I have the Avenir Suburban Panniers-just under 1400 ci-for commuting 15 miles RT; they work just fine so far with minor and easily fixed heel strike. I have a Topeak Explorer rack with Planet Bike fenders. I added a cheap dingy bell and a mirror. I put the stuff I need to keep dry in a plastic bag for low budget water proofing. The frame is aluminum and the wheels have 32 spokes. The tires are 700 by 32. Rear hub is 11 by 32 8 speed, front is 28/38/48(per Giant web site).
I took a 77 mile ride on the 4th of July with lunch and day ride supplies in a Topeak MTX bag. I loaded the Panniers with about 10 lbs. of lightweight camping gear, bike tools, lock and cable, and 3 liters of water. The route was quite flat, I had a great day and it took me about 8.5 hours. The bike seemed to handle really well all day. The stock saddle was surprisingly comfortable.
I come from a lightweight hiker background so 12-15 lb. base weight for camping gear is no problem. I have a 20 liter waterproof dry bag that I can strap on top of the rack to supplement the panniers. I plan on carrying my DSLR in a waterproof day/photo pack. Do I need to get a front rack/panniers?
For the tool kit I have a multi-tool which fits everything except the kick-stand and pedals, spoke wrench, small adjustable wrench, pump, and tube repair kit. I need to get a spare tube or two.
Do I need to get a chain tool and spare links? What about spare spokes? Is there a warning sign when a spoke is about to break or does it just go? In general terms will this bike work for overnight bike camping? It seems to have passed every test so far. Is there anything I have missed or am oblivious to? OBTW I ride in the Portland, OR area. Thanks for the input.