Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Raleigh, NC
Bikes: Surly World Troller, Downtube 8H
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I like my racks and fenders. They're what change my bike from a toy to a real, useful part of my touring and my daily moving around town. I have a hard time imagining building up a bike that wasn't going to cargo-ready in some fashion once it went into service. But that's me. And there are other options.
More and more people are touring using an "ultralight" set-up, which involves minimal, compact, lightweight gear, usually carried in some kind of handlebar attachment, a saddlebag under the seat, and maybe a frame bag and/or backpack. With that set up, it looks to me like you still have a lot of carrying capacity, but you have no extra hardware to deal with when you're not touring.
Also, a lack of braze-ons doesn't always rule out racks. Sometimes you can use clamps, and some racks can attach to the axle. I have an Old Man Mountain rack that I love that goes on the front and uses the quick release axle and the brakes as attachment points. I don't even use the braze-ons that I have.
So if you like the bike, there are probably options. The only other issue would be how that particular bike would handle loaded up the way you want it, and that I couldn't guess.