My wife and I are looking into buying new touring bikes for some loaded, unsupported touring.
I weigh about 230, and my wife weighs 100 lb soaking wet. One of the bikes we're considering is the good 'ol Trek 520. I'm looking for all current and former 520 owners/friends of owners to share their opinions of the bike (whether or not you'd recommend buying this bike), and what changes, if any, they recommend to get it right for loaded touring.
Also, any other suggestions for other bikes are also welcome... However, at this point I'm limiting my options to bikes available from an LBS in canada or frames made in Canada... I don't want to have to deal with shipping frames through customs (any other canucks have experience with this?).