I assume questions about bicycle touring are on topic, as long as we keep to cycling and not camping or journaling. (geoffc put up a separate question up about routing.) Thoughts?
I'd think it would depend on the question. It would be easy to do one that is too broad.
However, I think if you're doing a cross country tour or something you could probably come up with dozens of perfectly legit small scope questions:
- What should the front/rear weight ratio should I aim for when I load my panniers?
- What kind of tent would fit into my XYZ brand of panniers?
- How often should I eat if I'm riding 8 hours per day, every day for 3 months?
I don't think that touring is off topic.
I think that if you want to avoid touring questions you can do so with tags.
Similarly, I have no interest in BMX or doing bike tricks but I don't think that we should block those topics from the site.
Many touring questions will have relevance to commuters who carry loads/gear to work.
It seems to me that we should cover touring questions relating to riding, even if they only relate to riding only a little. I posted a test question about touring load weight distribution. (Of course, I know the answer and my answer is right, but opinions are always welcome.) :)
Since this concerns bike handing and comfort, it seems to me that this should be on-topic, but the community will decide.
A good answer to a question like this would venture an opinion, help clarify the question, and also explain why the poster thinks the answer is correct.