my bike is an old centurion Lemans 12, 62cm, which is a little on the large side for me, but i like it that way. I bought it with most of the stuff already on it. it has a salsa bell-lap bar, suntour bar-end shifters, a titanium brooks B17, and some 35cc panaracer urban max tires on 36-spoke shimano rims. The gearing is currently a 12-speed, but i can make it a 18 speed if i add a 28 tooth front sprocket for climbing. I added some fenders, lights, and a GPS mount for my garmin geko. what i don't like is the very aged derailleurs and cables, and the weak side-pull brakes. i really want this to be a rock-solid touring bike where i don't have to worry about having to fix anything but a flat mid-tour.
i was wondering if i could get some advice on thing that i should add or upgrade so that its capable of running smoothly for 300-400 mile trips (~40 miles a day) and touring comfortably in some very hilly terrain (with dirt roads too). I live in Fort Collins, CO and im going to be riding through rocky mountain NP and poudre canyon this summer, and maybe doing the utah cliffs loop too.
Also, any recommendations on a rear rack that will fit my bike well. The bike doesn't really have any way to connect the rack at the top near the seat. i can drill and tap holes, but i would rather avoid that if possible.
some pictures for reference, large to show detail:http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e344/tedehrlich80227/IMGP1815.jpghttp://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e344/tedehrlich80227/IMGP1818.jpghttp://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e344/tedehrlich80227/IMGP1819.jpghttp://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e344/tedehrlich80227/IMGP1820.jpg