Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Mid- Michigan
Bikes: mid 80's Fuji Supreme (commuter), LeRun unicycle thingy Raleigh Centrurion
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You could tour on that bike, but I do not see why you would. If you are buying the bike because you want that bike AND you are going to do some touring it would work. But there are so many other cheaper options out there if you want to buy a touring bike. I would avoid changing out the fork, as others mention this will affect the handling and the bike isn't set up for a front load, there is much more than just a fork involved in that. Something like a Surly LHT actually rides more stable with a load up front because it is designed for that. Throw a load upfront on a bike not designed for one can introduce all kinds of odd things.
For that bike you might be better off with a trailer, I have toured with a road race bike with a carbon fork. I used a BOB clone trailer and had great success, if you want THIS bike I might go that route.