Silly Men's Journal piece on bike touring gear....
The September issue of Men's Journal has a two page 'article' - it's more than half photos - on bike touring. But some of the advice seems very questionable. For instance:
Bike recommendation: Specialized Tricross Sport. "Buy a size down.... because smaller bikes have a shorter distance between seat and handlebar, which will ease the strain on your lower back." (No mention of bike fitting in the article.)
"Seat": Brooks Flyer Aged. "Large springs underneath limit bruising."
"Saddlebags": Ortlieb Bike-Packer Plus. (No mention of racks, and the bike in the photo has only a rear rack, despite the mention of camping in the subtitle of the article.)
Pedals and shoes: Shimano SPD and 260 dollar carbon-fiber Giro Code shoes.
The rest of the recommendations are a mix of the arguable good choice (Ortlieb handlebar bag, Clean Bottle, Armadillo tires) and the excessive ( Assos shorts, Giro Ionos helmet.)