I am loosely planning a 2 year bike trek in Europe and Asia. I travelled Latin America extensively by bike and the 700 series rim was a constant pain. Finding suitable tires, spokes, tubes and rims was time intensive. I was wondering if anyone knows of a good steel frame that is manufactured for a 6 foot plus rider and 26" rims. It can be new or preferably a relic of some sort of an old rigid mountain bike.
Or perhaps this problem doesn't exist in asia and tough wide touring tires are common. I don't know.