Edit: Bike shop says bad welds and/or aluminum. They took pictures, sent to Jamis, they concur. Going through the warranty process.
So, like the subject says: what are some cheap($400-1000) steel framed bike?
Would prefer a complete bike, but a build isn't totally out of the question.
I only have one bike, a comfort bike that I bought for myself last Christmas. And the seat tube just broke cleanly, right above where the seat stays meet it.
It's an alarming experience, I don't recommend it.
So if decided: no more aluminum bikes. I want the more forgiving failure quality of steel.
I'm only aware of Jamis' steel bikes-they have a steel hybrid, and a steel road bike line. What other manufacturers make steel bikes these days?
I know to look at touring bikes, but I'm wondering if anything else is out there.