I normally tour (2-3 day jaunts really) with my family. My Big Dummy or the tandem (with child's stoker) seem to fit the bill pretty well for those journeys. However, I found myself with some kid-free time last summer and decided to piece together a little 170 loop that left from my house and connected up with three different trail so that I could avoid roads as much as possible.
Everything went great until I hit the the second trail- that was to connect me to the third some 60 miles later. It was an ATV trail (Cheese country trail) that was so crappy I only made it 11 miles in two hours after I crashed a couple times and tweaked my knee I decided to pull out a map and find an alternate route home. So much for all of my advanced planning and actually believing what people had written on some of the trail review sites.
So, I decided that I was going to look I to a new bike for Christmas. At first I was thinking of using the parts off of my existing winter bike and build up a Surly Troll. This would be the cheapest route and allow me to change things up in the future. Then, I started reading through lots of threads on the MTB sites, fat bike sites, bike packing sites, and numerous other blogs. I think I've started to get the itch for a Pugsley instead. I'm just wondering if this Is total overkill for the summer bike tours I want to do? There are other ATV tails around the state that could be connected into some nice long tours of a couple hundred miles off road. I was more than impressed with the riders that I bumped into along the way- they all slowed down and gave me a wide berth. I now see that there is even an off road trail/race that goes from one end of the state to the other. Lots of possibilities for the future.
So, Troll, Pugsley, or just a LHT with some really knobby tires? The rigid mtb that I was using had 1.5 slicks on it and may have worked better with some better rubber. It's going to be replaced no matter what because I need some thing with a taller stack height for my neck- crashed my bike on the ice last winter and pinched/tore things in my neck. I just haven't decided what to replace it with. I do live in Wisconsin so a fatbike would be somewhat useful in winter- just not sure if it will be more useful than the studded tires I already have.
Thanks for reading through all of this,