Hi, Let me preface this with I am a clydesdale rider, a super clyde in fact but have been riding since 2009 regularly and lately I have been considering trying some short tours come warmer weather but before I buy myself a bonefied touring bike wanted to get some opinions on using a mountain bike that I already have to see if its something that I want to pursue further.
The bike is a 2009 K2 Zed, its a 24 speed which is ridden and tested since 09, works as it should and I have upgraded lots of things on the bike, what I am getting at is I feel the bike is completely reliable and pretty comfortable. I am going to install a surly instigator fork to replace the fairly cheap suspension fork that is on there currently sometime this year and get some smoother rolling tires. I am planning on installing a rear rack on it that can take panniers (Ibera PakRak or a Topeak Super Tourist) and it already has a small front rack installed mind you it wouldn't hold much.
Is there any reason to not try some shorter tours with a mountain bike set up this way? I have read a little bit and found that some people do in fact use older steel bikes this way but I suppose I am just looking for some tips or confirmation that its a good/bad/ok idea from someone that has actually done it or has enough knowledge to confirm.
and for fun an image of the bike as it sits today, I got rid of the smooth tires in the image last fall so will need to replace them.