Old 12-24-14, 05:38 PM
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Originally Posted by irwin7638 View Post
The concern I have is mechanical more than comfort. I have had fewer wheel and tire issues to interrupt my vacation when I use a stout wheel and tire. I would suggest keeping the weight off the bike for that reason alone. The relaxed geometry, weight and larger tires of a touring bike absorb huge amounts of road vibration which would otherwise increase fatigue over the trip. Believe what you want, that has been my experience.

+ 1. We're talking about spending lots of time on the road at all different kinds of speeds and over various road conditions. You can do it just fine on a racing bike but more optimal road geometry and a fatter tire are big pluses.
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