I recently sold my beloved recumbent tadpole trike, which was really well kitted out for touring. The big issue is that local roads (I am currently in the Philippines, and will hit the rest of SE Asia over the next few years) can change unexpectedly to something not suitable for the wide wheelbase and low ground clearance of a trike.
So, I was expecting to build a 2-wheel recumbent, but the non-availability of suitable materials, and the difficulty, cost and delay of importing the same are leading me to look at a DF.
The only semi-suitable bikes available locally at a reasonable cost, and in my size, are 29er XC mountain bikes. There is a new 19 in town, and a 21 frame, and that's it.
There are several negatives, one of the biggest is how to attach luggage. I have a trailer, which would be sort of acceptable for heavy duty touring, but mostly I can get by with much less luggage than the trailer allows.
For day rides, I carry 2 to 6 liters of water, a fairly complete set of tools and basic spares, snacks, and so on.
The bikes I have seen don't have lugs or anything else.
Could a good welder add lugs?
Is there a rack system (DIY preferably) that can be modified to attach?
Anybody else toured on a 29er, and am I stupid to think about this?