I've just taken possession of my new bike - a Ridgeback Voyage. It's a steel framed tourer and comes with a pannier rack, pump and full mud guards, all very important for serious tourers.
Spent about a week on it now- riding to and from work each day (about 10 miles round trip) and a jaunt out to Bleasby via Woodborough and Epperstone. So far so good, though I am disappointed with the tyres, Continental Contacts, which, although are popular with a lot of tourers, have never really impressed me. My cynicism about this tyre being confirmed today by a worrying bulge developing in the rear tyre.
Hopefully I'll get this problem sorted before our big holiday.