I started an earlier thread about touring on a Wal-Mart bicycle for a tour of about 1,700 miles. But now I'm considering just travelling around the United States on a bike for a couple of years. I am now currently reconsidering taking a Wal-Mart bicycle on this trip. I definitely want to upgrade. The problem with not buying a new bicycle in the first place was budget, but I figure if I save more and extend the start date I could possibly afford a brand new touring bike. I'm currently looking at the Surly LHT complete bike. Would this hold up?
Basically, what I'm asking is, will this bike hold up with minimum problems for 2-3 years of touring with a load? And if not, then what will?
P.S. This message board has been extremely helpful in planning a tour and just getting advice on what I'm getting myself into. Thanks to everyone for not treating me like a total idiot. I'm 18. I'm young. I gotta get out there and live!!