Basically speaking, I have a little money I can invest in a bike or equipment. Part of me wants a dedicate touring bike but to be frank, we have a small apartment so it might be a long haul to get my wife on board with another bike (we have three already).
I have a mountain bike that I turned into a commuter. Here are two pictures:
I like the bike for commuting but there are some issues, which probobly relate to bike fit:
1- The bike is heavy and thats without carrying much
2- My hands get numb sometimes
3- Upper back and neck hurt after a while.
It is perfect for my 22 mile RT commute but longer rides without a long break in the middle is rough on my with this bike.
So I basically have two options:
1) Use the money I have (which is around $1300) for a new touring bike or
2) Use the mountain bike commuter for touring
I would then use the money to invest in a tent, sleeping bag, etc (which is a whole topic in itself).
I guess I am asking what you all think about touring on the mountain bike. I envision my tours to be on the road, perhaps a rail trail sometime too. I am not sure.
I know little about touring and would appreciate your opinions and advice.