the wife has got into touring in a pretty big way, does 5 or 6 short tours and at least one longer one each year (did lejog last year)
now, we are a bit bike obsessive, she owns a tourer, a road bike, a full sus, a hardtail and a downhill bike and i own the same without the tourer (plus i own 2 hardtails)
but thats ok as we don't have kids
it seems the only way i'm going to get involves with these trips is to purchase a bike suitable for tagging along on her trips. i've recently upgraded my road bike and am a bit worried riding it at the moment as there is a lot of crap on the roads and it won't take full mudguards.
i'd like to purchase something that will do the job of touring AND winter road bike duties AND going to the shops and back every now and then.
looking around, the specialized tricross looks just the ticket and could be got with rack, panniers and mudguards for under a grand.
is there anything else that fits the ticket?
is there enough toe/heel clearance on the tricross for touring?
oh and as they are popular i'd be able to flog it if I hated touring