Old 01-04-15, 03:42 PM
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My wife had (grandson took it over) a Trek 4300 that she used mainly for commuting. If your route is primarily on roads, I think if you put 1.5" slicks on it, it would work for touring. It depends on your route, the length of the tour, your interest in touring, budget, and future touring plans; whether you buy a new bike or not.

If you have not toured much, it would give you a good idea what it is all about at a relatively low cost. It is easy to install fenders and a rear rack. The only reservation I'd have is heel strike. I'm assuming that because of the large frame you are a big person and might just have big feet. The chainstays may be a little shorter than a "touring" bike and you might hit the panniers with your heel.

Most dedicated touring bikes come in at about 25-35 pounds, so you may save some weight, but only you will know what that will be, and will it be significant.

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