I am a college student with limited resources, planning a trip over summer.
So, you are going on a 40+ day multi-state trip on a shoestring. You have $1000 to spend on bike, any upgrades, panniers, and racks. Additionally, extra tubes and tools come out of the $1000. If you are buying online, gots to factor in shipping.
Do you go hybrid and upgrade, or buy a budget touring bike and buy/ build cheap panniers? What brand/ model? Can it be done?