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Make a spread sheet of what you want to take. In one column list the weights .. and then do a sum .. the bike is only one contributor.
Add the weights up and you won't be so worried by the weight of the bike .. rather more about the total weight.
Read what others travel with ... you have a lot of reading to do!
Google 'touring bicycle gear list' and you get a lot of hits ...
Crazyguyonabike is one source of many trip reports .. some with gear lists..
Oh .. God rested on the seventh day. Suggest you plan on every 7th day as a day off the bike. You have to do the washing some time, and shopping and writing home .. average it as 1 in 7 days.
You should do some tours here to get practice and see what works for you.
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There are two ways of touring - one is traditional heavyweight touring using a full-dress touring bike with racks and panniers and all the associated paraphenalia.
But some bike tourists (well a great many actually these days) do worry about the weight of the bike while on the road. Of course the bike must be robust enough to cope with road conditions you are likely to encounter, so it's not going to be a lightweight racer, but yes it's sensible to try to minimise the weight of your bike and gear.
The other way of touring - the mode which is gaining popularity is bikepacking, which is conceptually like ultralight backpacking only on a bike. Choose a gravel or adventure bike or MTB, strap on a seat bag, handlebar bag and frame bag and go. Of course you must use ultralight gear and learn how to pack light in order to carry the essentials in this mode.
You probably already have a bike. Bikepacking bags can be found at budget prices to get you started.
For heavyweight touring research the journals on crazyguyonabike.com as suggested.
For bikepacking start here:
And note that despite what the traditionalists might try to suggest, bikepacking does not limit where you can go. Many bikepackers have already visited South America.
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Philosophically are you sure do you want to ride that far every day? Traveling, especially by bike, is about the journey, what you see and experience along the way & the people you meet. The longer you ride each day, the less time you have to experience things.
For a bit of fun you might like to have a look at the Strava heatmap for South America - not searching for hidden military bases, but getting an idea where people ride & the roads less traveled
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