Originally Posted by Riverpirate
I have been looking at touring bikes myself. Which bike are you using?
I'm using a giant Boulder SE x-road bike circa 05' had it for years. My first mountain bike. Luckily it still fits well enough. Out of nessesity with gas prices I converted it to touring with a simple rear rack by Sunlite and the Ortlieb backroller classic panniers the cooler is an REI 2 person cooler.
If i had the money i would go straight for a touring specific bike. Like surly or trek. The shocks on the front are gone in the way of dampening and rebound but its a real butt saver at times.
I also have a Garmin Vista HCX using a RAM-MOUNT to attach it.
Overall really enjoy it for travels and day trips. I just need bar ends and a taller riser to ease the pressure on my hands.