Hi Touring Forum
Opinion question. I am planning a blitz around my state, credit card touring, leaving in either 2 or three weeks, but I have not settled on which bike to take. I have done 100 mile rides on both, so it is neither a fit nor hand position question.
I have a steel single speed, drop bars, essentially new bike that has zero mechanical issues. I have the least saddle time on it, but have done group rides and solo stuff to the point of exhaustion with it. To ride fast kills me, but it is a very comfortable putter bike.
I have an aluminum and carbon flat bar road bike, 2x9, that is my main ride. However, I have a mystery creak that I have not yet pinpointed. Started two weekends back after a pothole hit, I will swap out parts, seems to cure it, and then reappears under high load pedal effort. I have thoroughly inspected frame for cracks, but can find nothing.
So the question: would you choose a geared bike with a mystery creak or a single speed for an endurance paced tour? I will always be within about a 4 hour drive of rescue, but will burn much spousal accrued credit if used.