These bikes are for explorer cyclists who live symbiotically with the wilderness. Big tires will bring you off the beaten path. Get used to the refrain “Man, I never saw a bicycle climbing up to here”. Strap some bags on your frame, be essential, and get lost deep in the forest for days.
In time I learnt that bikepacking is fun. I also corroborated that less is more, much more. Picking out everything you don’t need in to the wild is an art. I no longer need packs of racks where to hang packs of packs.
If you, like me, can get excited only by exploring difficult-to-access places, ditch your vintage looking panniers and join the fellowship of solitary men in search of the last of the abandoned places.