I have been reading through the touring forum since signing up, and there is a lot of information to absorb. Taking the easy way out, I thought I would ask some questions that have probably previously been covered.
I want to do a spring trip across the Skyline Drive, starting at Front Royal, and stopping at 3 of the campgrounds (Mathews Arm, Big Meadows, Loft Mtn). That would put me doing about 22 miles the 1st day, 30 each day over the next 2 days, then another 30 to a campground in Crozet, and another 30 to get home. No long distance days.
My bike is a Shogun 200. Some of the details that might be applicable:
The frame is listed as “Tange 900 CR MO double butted tubes”. I only have about 8000 miles on this frame.
I have 27x1 ¼ tires on Araya 27x1 ¼” 36 spoke aluminum rims. The front tire has about 1500 miles on it, but still looks good. The rear tire has about 500 miles on it. The wheels were respoked last summer….after breaking a spoke.
6 speed cassette, 14-28
Crank gears are 52, 42, 30
Is there anything that stands out with my setup that could potentially be a problem ??
I already have a rear rack, along with panniers. I realize I also need a front rack and panniers for proper balance, and I have been shopping for those. I found a model for Jandd that should fit my needs, but I am open to suggestions on those. The model I am looking at is the “Extreme”. http://www.jandd.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=FREXT I have a bottom eyelet on my front forks, but no mid fork braze-on, so I would also need 1 of the clamp kits.
I am also working on getting 10-15 lbs. off of my seat post.
Thanks in Advance.