Thanks Dave. I saw a really nice Surly Crosscheck in a Lt Blue on PCH once. It had a double crankset (48/36). Loved it. Couldn't find one anywhere. I ended up with the Triple on the Jamis. It's a 50/39/30. That seems to be fine right now. But I'll either go to a 46/34/26, or I'll just get stronger
. I won't be doing any self-supported, fully loaded touring for a while (maybe ever). But I looked at ton of bikes, from the Specialized Tricross Steel, Novara Randonee, to the Kona Sutra. I liked the Raleigh Sojourn too. But I got a great deal on this 2011 as leftover stock from King's Bicycles in Seal Beach, Ca.
Hey jrs, as a former cyclist, I had all these French bags tucked away in my garage, along with the old Zefal pump. Guess my hoarding habit paid off this time.