The only current bike in my possession right now is this:
Actually it's last year's model but the same bike. I have the opportunity to take a 4-5 day quick tour, which will be all pavement and mostly flat. I guess it's a credit card tour of sorts, so lightly loaded is the goal, cheap motel to cheap motel. I'm thinking of buying a front and rear rack, coupled with Ortlieb's smaller front roller classic panniers both front and back. Main concern is the factory wheelset with only 32 spokes and 25mm tires. The spokes do not have eyelets. I bought this bike with the intention of having 28's, but there's not enough room with fenders. I must add I've ridden this bike and wheelset at least a 1,000 miles so far and they've stayed true with no spoke issues.
The two racks and four panniers are going to weigh 5.3 lbs. empty, which I don't think seems excessive for the bike and wheels. Not quite sure how much crap I'll be adding. I weigh around 165. Should I just have my guy recheck the spoke tension and truing before I go, and not worry?
Or does this combo sound like a dumb idea too you seasoned tourers?
Thanks in advance!