I disagree with the idea that most old steel frames will be fine, some have really thin stays and are hopelessly flexy when fully loaded - old MTBs don't automatically make good touring bikes as a lot of people think.
I'm not sure that everyone contributing to this thread has actually done much touring
. Anyone who's ever experienced the terror of a loaded bike twisting and swaying on an alpine descent knows how vital a stable and stiff frame is.
I'm not sure someone read all the posts
Most decent early frames of steel will be okay.
This might give you some ideashttp://www.pbase.com/canyonlands/fullyloaded
I wasn't specifically referring to your post fella, though it might have prompted the response.
Looking at the link, does any one else get a real buzz from looking at pic's of loaded bikes?
..but sad there's no love for BOB