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    Senior Member ijgrant's Avatar
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    A complete bike for $1000

    I'm going to spend the winter saving for a touring bike for next summer. I've set a budget of $1000 (Canadian) for my bike. I've been looking around town, but we don't have a very good selection of touring bikes, and most shop staff have no idea what a touring bike is.

    The bikes that I'm looking at are:

    -Jamis Aurora:
    http://www.jamisbikes.com/canada/bik...es/aurora.html

    -Surly LHT Complete

    -Devinci Caribou
    http://www.devinci.com/10478_an.html

    -Building my own.
    I share a shop with my brother, so I have the tools available, but would I be able to get the frame and quality parts without breaking the bank.

    Keep in mind that I live in Canada, and shipping things up here can get pricey, we also have a rediculous mark-up on bicycle parts bought from a store (50-100% over US retail price)

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    Ebay my friend, Ebay. If you can build it on your own then you should be able to put together a pretty damn nice tourer for $1000!

    John
    Hes all custom-built carbon fiber, EPO, and Ashley, and everyone I know is all Surly CrossCheck, pot, and the girl that works the morning shift at circle K.

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    Senior Member BigBlueToe's Avatar
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    The Surly LHT Complete is supposed to be an excellent touring bike just as it comes. I have an LHT I built up from a frame - I love it, but spent much more than if I'd bought the complete. I've never heard of a Devinci Caribou. I just checked it out. It looked pretty good, although I think the crankset is unacceptable. It would be good unloaded, but if you're going to pedal a load up hills you're going to want lower gears. I replaced my 28-tooth granny with a 26 last summer and still wished I had lower gears when I was climbing a pass. A 24 would have been nice, and lots of people go all the way down to 22. I think a 30-tooth granny doesn't belong on a tourer.

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    Well you have money and time on your side...may I suggest this as an alternative and then you will have even more money for the tour.

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    What about this:

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/windsor/tourist.htm

    OK, all in unison, SHILL,
    Just curious if anyone had put this green machine to the test?

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    Quote Originally Posted by robow View Post
    What about this:

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/windsor/tourist.htm

    OK, all in unison, SHILL,
    Just curious if anyone had put this green machine to the test?
    We rode three of them 4,244 miles across the US on the TransAmerica this Summer. We were quite satisfied with them. They were nice solid bikes, good design, well made, and nice components. The gearing needed to be changed (we swapped out the cranks for Sugino XD 600 cranks), otherwise they were pretty much stock.

    Our's weren't green though, they were purple.

    Check out our journal for more details on the bike and the trip:
    http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/staehling2007

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    Bob Rae for PM! Sadaharu's Avatar
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    you can buy touring bikes on craigslist or check ads. if you are in toronto, i've seen a few bikes come up lately. check tbn.ca or the urbane bulletin board or mec.ca

    i'm in the process of building up an urbanite touring frame right now that i picked up off of craigslist for 180. and yes, he had the original receipt

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    Gee, I've been checking CraigsList, eBay and tbn.ca for months now...nothing!

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