I'm from the States and and have fallen in love with the idea of touring. I am traveling to England and Ireland this fall, and as part of the trip I've planned a month-long tour of Ireland.
I'm fairly short on available cash for the trip, so at first, I thought of taking my old mountain bike (a 1993 Bianchi Nyala) -- I hauled it down to the LBS where I discovered that about everything on it was shot except the frame. I got a quote of $300 - $600, depending on parts, to fix it up -- which amounts to more then I initially payed for it.
I can't really afford to buy and keep a new bike, so I cooked up a different idea, buy a new touring bike in the States fly it abroad for the tour, then resell it while I'm hanging around England afterwards. I'd hope to be able to take advantage of $1 = £2 to make up for some of the depreciation, but I'm not certain if there's enough of a discrepancy in prices between the U.S. and U.K. to really effect the resell price.
I've a fairly limited knowledge of cycling, so I don't particularly trust myself to purchase a bike online (used or otherwise), so I would like to stick with the LBS, which sells Cannondale (looking at the Touring 2 for about $1300).
So, has anyone tried this before -- or would I just be wasting my time? I'd prefer not to lose more than $400 on the deal, so how much would I be able to expect to resell the bike for in the U.K. after riding it for a couple of months?