I'm interested in getting into riding brevets. Fortunately the brevet series in my neck of the woods is done for this year so I have until next to get ready. Loaded touring is not my goal here; I already have a LHT for that. From what I've been reading here in this forum, a lot of folks are getting a Salsa Casseroll as their first rando bike, and even a lot of experienced LD riders seem to really like it.
I guess my question is then, if my budget is not exactly huge, is the Salsa the way to go? I can get a frameset for under $500 and I already have a ton of parts lying around. I'm sure I'll have to get some more here and there, but I have the time. I think I even have a complete Shimano Sora group on another (aluminum and slightly smallish go-fast type) bike that I don't ride (nor like very much) that I could move over. Not exactly top of the line, but it isn't bottom either.
Also a final question would be as to what specific disadvantages a touring rig like the LHT poses in a randonneuring event.