I am about to go off on a 2,600km tour from Austia through Italy, finish in Malta. I originally planned to do this solo trip on my Giant Trance x2 full suspension but decided not to since it is too high maintenance.
So after a lot of searching (budget being the greatest restriction), I have chosen a Bianchi Hybrid camaleonte http://www.evanscycles.com/products/bianchi/camaleonte-iii-alfine-2009-hybrid-bike-ec019250. Now I'm confused, since it only seems to have 8 gears!
What are your thoughts on the bike? Would you recommend adding on new chain rings if it is possible?
How many km per day are planning? 200km
Are you going to ride over the passes? Yes
What gear are you going to carry? Tent, clothes and cooking stuff
Will you have other riders with you? no
What level of riding and touring experience do you have? I've done 2,000 km in 9 days on a high-end mtb
...and it only has one chain ring, os it is a 1x8 setup..in the mountains :S
Should I look at another bike? It is looking like it! Or is it easy to add 2 other chain rings to the bike?