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    Completely new to this

    Well I'm taking a year off after graduating and I think I'd like to bike across the US for a couple months of it. That being said, I don't even own a bike. I've been looking all over the place to see what to get, and it's proving very difficult. My price range is 700-1000, and the main purpose of the bike will be touring and commuting. What do you guys recommend I get?

    While I know nothing about bikes, I am pretty good with tools (I restore older cars) so I'm not scared of building one custom if it will save me money. I started to build one on Nashbar and included the following components :

    http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?sku=11723
    http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?sku=11462
    http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?sku=12779
    http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?sku=22947
    http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?sku=13028
    http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?sku=13458
    http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?sku=14131

    I have no idea what :
    1. front or rear derailleur to go with
    2. size tires/tubes or if the tires even need tubes
    3. chain to use

    What are your thoughts, continue with planning a custom build or buy something complete?

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    In my opinion, you're better off buying a complete bike that's already set up for touring.

    Any bike shop that orders from QBP can order you a Surley Long Haul Trucker for about $1k.
    Great bike that comes very well spec'd out of the box.

    My .02

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    Also, the brakes you have there won't work w/that frame/fork.

    Other things to think about-

    shifters
    stem
    bars
    cables
    housing
    seatpost
    seat clamp
    tires
    tubes
    bar tape
    pedals
    headset

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    You can buy a whole bike for <$1000
    Surly Long Haul Trucker
    REI Randonee or Safari (wait for REI 20% off coupons)
    Fuji Touring
    Trek 520 (on sale, list prices is ~$1200)
    and probably many more.

    unless the build is part of the fun for you, and you are willing to spend MORE and probably have to do a bunch of do-overs, I would recommend buying a whole bike. There are a lot of parts and pieces to build a whole bike, that have to work together sometimes in not-so-obvious ways. The combo of no bike mechanic experience and a low budget is probably a recipe for frustration.
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    Yeah, I have a complete Long Haul Trucker, and it's an excellent machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by valygrl View Post

    unless the build is part of the fun for you, and you are willing to spend MORE and probably have to do a bunch of do-overs, I would recommend buying a whole bike.
    If you already have most of the stuff to build a nashbar touring frame it is a good deal but in your case where you must purchase everything to outfit it you would be better off purchasing a ready to ride bike. The Surly LHT has such a good reputation you can ebay it for just a couple of hundred dollars less than you paid for it if you don't like touring. You would never be able to do that with a nashbar bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by n4zou View Post
    The Surly LHT has such a good reputation you can ebay it for just a couple of hundred dollars less than you paid for it if you don't like touring. You would never be able to do that with a nashbar bike.
    +1

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    Quote Originally Posted by carkmouch View Post
    Yeah, I have a complete Long Haul Trucker, and it's an excellent machine.
    Ditto.

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    just find a LHT. Look on craigslist. If you don't like certain parts, just swap them out later.

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    I'm not expert at touring, having never toured and all, however I am looking to do some weekend mini-tours, and based on what I'm seeing, it might be difficult to get what you need for under 1k. In addition to the bike, you will need racks, panniers, tools and accessories to keep your bike on the road while out there, and if you don't plan on renting a room every night, you'll want a tent/sleeping bag/matteress, perferably something light weight and durable ($$$) if you're going to be hauling it around on your bike for any length of time.

    Just my observations.

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    Thanks for the suggestions, I've narrowed it down to looking for an LHT or waiting for the Randonee to go on sale. Sounds like building my own is more trouble than it's worth.

    As for the tents and stuff, that won't be a problem. I already have tons of gear.

    Thanks!

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    Just an update, I found an '07 Fuji Touring thats new and on clearance at the LBS so I snatched it up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EveeSTi View Post
    Just an update, I found an '07 Fuji Touring thats new and on clearance at the LBS so I snatched it up!
    well done! - that's how i got my first trek 520.
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