« on: December 30, 2012, 07:41:43 pm »
Just got a Giant Defy 5 for christmas. I'd like to do a long tour this summer, and I realize that it's not an ideal bike for doing so (at least according to what I've read online), as it doesn't have places for panniers. That's fine with me though, because I'd like to travel as light and fast as possible.
All I'd like to have to carry is some standard repair equipment, a book, and snacks (Cash/card too, but that doesn't weigh anything significant). I'd plan to stay in hostels/motels most nights and only carry enough food to snack on between stops. The mentality here is speed/distance over comfort.
Has anyone done a long tour in this way? What are your thoughts?