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Get a bike and panniers. Get maps. Go.Seriously that is about it. The Adventure Cycling Atlantic Coast route is what I would probably do.
Thanks for info....I hear the winds are more south in the summer, but north the rest of the time. Hopefully May is more like spring than summer winds.On the east coast I wouldn't sweat the wind direction so much. It isn't as big of a deal as it is on the west coast.
I just don't see how the XC fits here. The Fugi should serve you well for credit card touring. The LHT for self supported touring. OTOH, nothing at all wrong with stocking your stable with all three. No compromises at all that way.Different strokes, but I can see the Cross Check working out very well for both long distance and shorter tours. Going for a few extra bucks and getting the Travelers Check might be a good idea if you expect to fly with the bike.
I will challenge your bet (in a friendly and respectful manor).I think some of this boils down to what the rider is willing to accept, but I really think that excessive frame flexing or breakage are unlikely.
Lets say that you are designing a bike to accommodate 175lb rider. Now add 60lb of gear. Things are now 30% over their design weight. And that 60 lbs is now cantilevered out by a rack. And the connection method is not perfect--that gear moves about. The racks are also fastened with clamps, because critereum bikes don't have drop outs. I cannot begin to guess the physics of small spoke count radial laced wheel. So there are all sorts of dynamics and moments at work here. I will stick with the bags causing havoc on a sub $3000 bike, the kind of bike that you see on club rides or being raced by Cat 5 and Cat 4 racers.
A criteum bike is just strong enough to support the weight of the rider (with some appropriate safety factor). If you could hang bags on it, and the frame did not break, I'll bet it wiggles while you ride it.I would take that bet. Crit bikes are very stiff being designed for hard cornering and fast acceleration.
With the short wheel base, I would also bet that you hit the bags with your feet as you ride it. I tried towing a Bob trailer with my critereum bike, and the handling was just to unstable for me. Beside, the crouched over position would be tough to do day after day. And now that I'm 51, I can hardly ride in that position for any extended period.Yes heel clearance might be a problem depending on the style, size, and position of the panniers. Size of feet and position choices would be a factor as well. Also as you say some will not like the responsive handling of a crit bike for touring, but I have seen folks do fine as well. I don't see why being 51 is a big factor, I'll be 58 in June.
Touring bikes have a more upright (hence comfortable) riding position. I don't know what all frame changes are made, but touring bikes are designed to handle all that weight and be stable.