I'm planning on riding down the California coast sometime soon. I don't know if its really the right way to go but I'm a hobbyist with a small budget so I was thinking about using my Cannondale F1000 mountain bike with some modifications for the trip.
Someone suggested I change the bars to something that allows more positions and comfort. Is this easy? Do the brakes and shifters fit right on or do I have to change those too (they're the rapid-fire ones).
Will the headshock be a burden or a help?
The F1000 doesn't have those welded-on bits that allow you to attach a rack on the back--a friend said I can use his trailer but I don't know for sure if I'll need those bits for attaching it or anything else I might need?
Skinny slick tires, right?
Should I get one of those suspension seatposts?
Anything else I might be overlooking? Any experiences or insight would be greatly welcomed.