This article is about training for a bicycle tour. This is especially important for your first tour. I am not a trainer nor do I have any professional experience in this matter. I can only speak for my personal experience and what I've learned from other people's experience. What works for me may not work for everyone, but it is probably a good place to start. There are also countless other resources available on training for every kind of cycling, so you can find what works best for you.
My Surly Disc Trucker that was damaged when I got hit by a car last summer has been reincarnated as the Mountain Trucker.
The Surly Long Haul Trucker (a.k.a. LHT) is a popular bike built specifically for fully loaded touring. In this article I'll review some of the features of the LHT and how it compares with some other bikes.
You will notice two things in this picture. First I have an extra set of water bottle cages mounted low on the front racks, and second the handlebar bag is sitting on the rack, not hanging from the bar. I'll explain these one at a time. I have the Surly Front Rack. You'd have a hard time doing this with a standard low-rider rack.