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:
-Surly LHT Complete
-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)