I'm not a bike guy (long distance hiker) so I want to make sure I'm not missing an important detail when I buy my new bike. http://www.spinburn.com.tw/performer...roducts_id=155 edit - this bike is completely out for the reasons listed below - I've moved on to probably doing a Surly build
Touring setup and plans
Probably 40 lbs max of gear but hopefully closer to 30lbs. I have too many electronics to go significantly lighter for a long trip. I will be really light on short trips.
Camping w/ Ortliebs front/rear
probably aiming for 60-80 km/day with additional time spent hiking and sightseeing
I will be on some rough roads but I won't be going completely off road.
Hokkaido for 2months - summer 2013
Taiwan circle tour - 1 month spring 2014
All over japan for 4-5 months in 2014
I'll have 30-40 lbs of gear on the bike plus myself (170 lbs).
I prefer flat bars and they will swap them in the build. My understanding is that it's easy to change to a trekking/butterfly bar later if you start with flat bar shifters. Or should I just try a trekking bar at the beginning?
Is the 50/34 and 12-30 low enough for going up mountains? edit - definitely not
I will probably get a Brooks saddle because they seem to be the way to go.
I've been to several of the dealers in my city but none of them have had any models on display and even if they did it would probably be too small anyway. I'm bigger than the average Asian. I have ridden/owned several 56cm bikes so that seems like it would fit but I'll let the bike store measure me.
Of course this whole transaction will be done with a language barrier.