I bought this Schwinn Le Tour with the intention of touring with it this summer. I recently have learned that Le Tours are not the best for touring but I'm wondering what changes I can make to make it work. I like the bike but I have noticed that it is very heavy compared to my alluminum single speed, and imagining riding it with stuffed panniers and other luggage up and down hills does not sound fun or safe.
I've read that the araya wheels are no good but would switching to an alloy wheelset really make a difference? Would they be weak under a steel frame and luggage?
I was planning on switching the 21.15 quill threaded steel stem to a alloy upright one and possible get an adaptor, will be replacing steel bars with alloy upright (cruiser) bars.
maybe a lighter seat post? I don't know the size of that.
what would you all suggest i do that won't cost a ton?14586_10203114495015049_1993260607_n.jpg