This road bike... on a tour?
Hi, all. Been reading the forum for a few weeks -- incredibly helpful. The tips and tricks sticky especially. I'm planning to do a tour (my first) of Indochina/China next year and am wondering about whether my road bike can handle it -- and how.
I have read other threads here and done some googling about the issue, and it seems to me the overall consensus is that road bikes generally can function as tour bikes (I could be wrong about this, of course). But I'm not very knowledgeable about bikes and my bike is very cheap. To make matters worse, I'm living in Taiwan and can't find any specific English-language info about my current bike, and very little in Chinese too. The bike is a Merida road bike R-902. It has an aluminum frame. It also has 52/42T chainring alloy crank, Flywheel SHIMANO TZ21 14-28T, front speed control lever SHIMANO SLA050-2 and back shift lever SHIMANO SLA050-7. I can't even find weight info, but I can tell you it is really light. Like really, really light (I am very articulate, right?) Here is the Chinese page: http://www.merida-bikes.com/zh_tw/bi...88%A9%E7%B4%85
I don't know if any of this is of any significance. My unintuitive intuition just feels like "this bike is so light, how could is handle the weight of panniers?" But I am too clueless -- I don't want to install a rack and panniers on it without checking with you pros, and at the same time don't want to chuck it in for a touring bike without being sure I need to.
What would the issues be? Mainly weight? If it is doable, what sort of things should I consider (or should I definitely) replace?
You guys are the best!