I'm looking for a good touring bike. Although I have not toured before, it seems like something I would want to do often and possibly even embark on extended and overseas tours. I plan on towing a two-wheeled trailer for my first tours here in Missouri and possibly the Katy Trail, but I might want to use panniers some time down the road.
Here are some of my options so far:
Surly LHT $800~
I've heard many good things about this machine, and it seems best prepared for upgrades and some serious touring.
Lightly used Trek 7.2fx $375
I'm attracted to this because of the price, and I've heard that hybrid type bikes can work well for touring, and with the lower price I would still have money for some handlebar or drive train upgrades. I think this would work well considering I'll be towing a trailer.
New Fuji Touring Bike $760
I've heard good things about this bike, and the new price under 800 seems tempting.
And hey, what the hell...
Burley Canto recumbent $900~
I know it's really up to me to decide, but I'd like some comments and suggestions.