So my wife decided she really wants to try touring with me this year. The kids (son is 12, daughter 14) have been bugging us for a number of weeks to go on longer bike rides this summer. So now everyone wants to try some short time touring. Our first goal is to camp at a state park 50 miles from our home.
The problem is bikes for the kids. The son is growing like a weed and it is unknown if the daughter will really want to stick with something like this, plus she might grow a bit yet, too.
So I wonder if there is any budget touring bike ideas out there. Any way of converting some cheap MTB or cross bike to hold racks? I'm going to have a tough enough time figuring out what bikes to get for my wife and me, but those will be used for years. Everyone is excited and of course have left it to me to figure out HOW we are going to do it.
I don't know anything about mtb or cross bikes. Touring bikes are fairly new to me but I have done a lot of reading and research about them in the past since I have always wanted to do it.
Thanks for any suggestions, ideas or links.