I'm new to biking, and I plan to ride across America this summer. I know very little about bikes.50-60 pounds is quite a bit. I personally would be inclined to either pack much lighter or get a touring bike.
The guy at the bike place I went to really pushed a Tri-cross. I'll be taking about 50-60 pounds with me. I told him I wanted to research it online, but I don't see much about loaded touring on one anywhere. Does anyone have any advice or recommendations?
A trailer would work OK with the Tri-cross though. I am not a trailer fan, but some folks love them. For me I found panniers worked better and the thought of having a trailer to ship to and from the start and finish points sounds like an extra hassle. There are some special circumstance where I might like to try a very light weight trailer with a light load (<20 pounds) and a road bike, but not on the typical XC tour.