I am set to retire at the ripe old age of 57 in a couple of years. One of my bucket list items is to tour cross country until my body gives out. Hopefully in many many years. I am quite a bit overweight and out of shape. So there is lots of work ahead.
Last year I purchased a Trek 7300 and have been riding it approximately 500 miles each of the last two years. This year I plan on stepping it up to many more, with a couple of >50 mile day rides planned.
Here is my dilemma... I like the 7300, however, I am concerned that taking on a grand tour in a few years, I may not have the right bike for the trip. I live in North Central Illinois and travel the I&M Canal Tow Path and the areas country roads weekly. When I ride the country roads, there are very few hills and I found that with the few hills I encounter, my front end is real "mushy".
I really don't want to buy a new bike, although the thought of having a good touring bike sounds like a great idea. Can the front end be changed out to a solid fork instead of the original ones with the shocks?
It's been 30 years since I was serious about riding and it feels great to be on two wheels again. I am ready for the adventures, even if my wife isn't.
Any advice is always appreciated.