In spite I am not a proven bike tourist, I have realized some topics that make bike touring a different approach compared to mountain biking:
– everyone’s allocated time on a holiday is limited, however bike touring is not a competition. Speed or altitude reach is unimportant. The only important goal is that you make it at your destination by sunset every day of your tour;
– the weight of your bicycle is not an issue. Forget spending money on lightweight innertubes and, most of all, forget about carbon: frame, seat post, forks. No carbon for all of them, it is an inferior material in the touring world. Get yourself a good steel bike, that will be much easier to find somebody who can repair it;
– if you would like to travel without being marked as a cyclist, stop wearing your classic jersey and shorts. There are various clothing options like lightweight hiking shirts and shorts that still keep away sweat and moisture as well as quick to dry after a wash. Make sure you will look like a guy passing through town!
– spending money on expensive bike components and parts is not the priority in bike touring. It is rather more important to opt for what is easily available in most parts of the world or can be easily fixed. You may perhaps spend on good gear such as light tents, light sleeping bags or anything that is light and resistant.
Saying that, my next thing is STILL going to be an offroad bike adventure riding my double suspended mountain bike with a Sentier bike trailer!
“Ride your bike to enjoy a travel without hesitation.”