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You can fill up a pint (or quart) fuel can at any gas station in the country with your choice of gas (petrol) or diesel.
- I have had trouble finding canisters on my tours in the US. So I don't usually tour with a canister stove.
the Salsa Vaya is geared a bit high, at least for me -- plus it's more expensive than the four models above.
No pdlamb, I´m not doing a motel trip. I do need a good bike. I´m just so afraid of getting to much a bike that it will feel too heavy. I tried a Surley Cross Check. I guess it felt pretty good, but like someone here said – riding around the block doesn´t give that much. The Cross Check has the 700 tires and with a triple crankset it is slightly lighter then the LTH.
Ok – I should hurry up and decide and order...
Waterproof and breathable means you are going to wear a coating or a membrane because the fabric itself cannot be both. I just plugged gore tex and high fashion rain pants into google and came up with a long list of silly and expensive pants. Umm, poser-wear.
I think your request is overly constrained. Although I'm a big fan of double-duty gear, I think in this case you need one of each.
Something like Sierra Designs Microlight pants might meet that criteria depending on your "pass for casual pants" requirements.
I have started occasionally running into folks camping and cooking with 20 pounds or less of gear on their bikes. Also there is a large enough following of the bikepacking movement to support specialty companies like Relevate.
I'd rather figure out roughly what gear I want and then pick the bike and baggage to accommodate the gear.+1
There are basically two kinds of touring bikes, one for lightweight touring, credit card touring, moteling and eating in restaurants; other for fully loaded touring, camping, cooking.Those categories are increasingly becoming blurred. There are a number of folks touring with full cooking and camping capabilities with loads that are equivalent to or even less than has in the past been the norm for credit card touring. It is entirely possible to be quite self sufficient with a very light load. Cooking and camping with base gear weights between 7 and 20 pounds is becoming somewhat common thanks to ultralight backpacking gear and techniques.