« on: August 05, 2012, 06:37:11 pm »
In random/reverse order:
Shimano (and Nashbar, IIRC) make pedals that allow for both regular shoes and clipless.
About 2/3 of the saddles I could see on TransAm bikes were Brooks, mostly B17, with the odd Champion or Pro. I had to adjust the tension twice. Buy from Wallbike.com, and Bill will let you return it if it doesn't fit you. Get an Aardvark (or similar neoprene) saddle cover for the days you're dripping in sweat, or when you have to ride through a downpour, and to keep the saddle dry at night.
I firmly believe fenders are the way to go for riding in the rain. SKS plastic fenders are my choice. If you have the shop install them, over the winter is a good time -- most shops don't install fenders with any regularity, and giving them time to futz with them will make you both happier than trying to get the bike out the door in spring.
Add a blinky for the rear. Make sure it can mount either to the back of your rack, or clip on to a cargo net (also a good thing to have).
If you're like most people, you'll need front and rear panniers to carry camping equipment. I expect Pete Staehling will chip in shortly with his ultra-light plug, but he's about three sigmas lighter than the average tourist.
I'll put in my plug for a Cateye with cadence. It's way too easy to bog down when you hit steep hills at the end of the day, and if you're not alert (when you're tired!?) or lucky, you can mess up your knees. Cadence alerts you to gear down some more and spin. Speed is overrated -- you'll be disappointed with your speed on flat land and uphill, and too busy looking downhill to see if you need to brake or steer to avoid something, to enjoy watching your speed.
The LHT is a popular touring bike. I don't have one, but I saw a lot of them, and nobody who had one was complaining about their bike.