I honestly donít need another bike, BUT Iíve found myself wondering if I could build a decent inexpensive Rails to Trails tourer. Iíd like to build a comfortable bike, capable of riding the C&O, Allegheny Trail, Greenbrier River Trail and many other unpaved trails.
I rode a section of the C&O on my full suspension MTB with BOB trailer, but Iíd really
like to simplify, with a bike built to carry my camping gear.
Of course, part of this is just to have the satisfaction of building my own bike. Iíve never tried building up a bike and Iím not much of a mechanic, but I can turn a wrench and follow instructions.
Iíd like to keep the cost as low as possible. My S.O. is pretty understanding, but after buying two new recumbents this year I donít want to ďpush the envelopeĒ so to speak.
Nashbar is selling a MTB frame for $79...
Would this be a good start? Could I build this up to an inexpensive off road tourer or would I be better off buying a Surly LHT frame and starting from there. Iím not even sure what a LHT frame sells for, but after looking at bikes made by Fixer and eofelis I find myself drooling and wanting to build my own rig.