Hi all, I'm looking for some recommendations. I want to buy a touring bike at some point in the near future for between £700 and £1000. It will actually mainly be used for wet weather (and winter) commuting, carrying heavy shopping as well as camping expeditions etc. I would also like to take it on tracks that aren't strictly road (which I used to do on my old Claude butler with no worries). I want to equip the bike with both rear and front racks. I want drops but I'm not sure whether to go for bar end shifters or sti shifters (which I have on my road bike) and would appreciate knowing the pros and cons. I've been eyeing up a Thorn 26" Sherpa or a Dawes Galaxy but would appreciate some advice. What are the pros and cons of using a 26" wheel rather than the standard 700C for a touring bike. Are there any?