I'm graduating college in May and want to take time off and tour instead of doing what I should do and get a job. But whatever, work can wait. Saved up a year to do this anyway.
Anyway, I want to spend about 1500 on Bike and gear. No SAG. Easy trip, 60miles or so a day and maybe continue in Europe and Asia if the touring bug catches me and I'm not broke by then.
Did my research and I'm down to 3 bikes. The Randonee, 520 and the Surly Long Haul Trucker coming out April 2nd. I put together a comparison chart (attached) for what I think matters most. I'm inclined with the LHT as of now. I like the gearing, bar ends shifters, MTB components and the bad ass Surlyness.
Any ideas? Comments?
I'm 5" 9.5' I ride a 56cm Fuji but am wondering if I should go a tiny bit smaller for touring to get a more upright position.
Rear wheel in Pacific June 1st, Front Wheel in Atlantic ???