I was told by a friend that 26" wheels are better than 28" wheels for touring. Is this true? What are the pro's and con's?
- I'm told that 26" wheels are stronger for their spoke count. What are the practical implications of this?
- Are there other reliability concerns? and how much of a concern/win are they?
- Does one size have an advantage in terms of ease of carrying a heavy load?
- Does one have an advantage in terms of the sorts of terrain it can traverse?
Some context: We're going on a 800km trip in southern Germany and I'm looking to acquire a decent bike for this trip, and hopefully many other such trips (potentially more adventurous ones too). I basically just want to pick up a good base bike that I slowly build on and figure that I should invest in a frame that supports the right size of tires from the start.