I ride a Surly Long Haul Trucker with 26″ wheels. Yeah, I know some would ask why I’d use a bike with 26″ inch wheels instead of 700c. To be honest, I’m a little older now and on those mountain climbs I’m able to use the lower gears more effectively. It has served me well over the last couple of years and was bullet proof on my first journey across the U.S.
Panniers or trailer? Seems like most people use panniers but they do make a bike a little top heavy. I decided to go with a trailer for my first cross country journey. The choice was Burley or BOB and after going to several bike shops I decided to pull a BOB Ibex. It’s got a low center of gravity and single wheel track so on those roads that have little or no shoulder I don’t take up much real estate. It can hold 70 lbs of gear but I’m not crazy. I carry about 45 – 50 lbs.