I'm starting on the path to getting a touring setup. I haven't done any long distance touring, so this will be my first purchase. I'm from a BMX background and I am curious about the different types of bikes used for touring. The bikes I see marketed as touring seem to be little more than roadbikes with a few additions. I also see/hear people using cyclocross bikes (with some part additions). I've pretty much decided that I want steel instead of aluminum in the frame. All of these "touring" bikes seem to be in the $800+ USD price range. A bit steep to me for what you get. The Fuji Touring is a bike I'm starting to hear a lot about for entry-level. I really like the Surly Long Haul Trucker frame, but at about ~$450+ USD for the frame, I would be looking at over $1000 USD after I had the bike completed. I want a bike that is going to be strong, can be fully loaded and if possible provide durability if I happen to wander off paved road. I've been to a few bike shops and all they seem to want to do is sell me some $1500 bike I don't need or know anything about. I wouldn't even mind picking up an older road bike off craigslist.org and adding parts I needed. In addition to touring, I would also like to make this my daily commuter (unloaded of course). So, for a first timer, what does everyone think would be fitting for a newcomer?
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