Recently, I've become pretty interested in bike camping/touring, and I'm starting to think about building up a nice touring bike. First things first, the frame. I've heard good things about the Long Haul Trucker, but it's a little on the expensive side, especially considering all the other gear I'll need. However, it's probably not a good idea to skimp on quality if I'm going to be on the bike for days/weeks at a time. I like the simple styling of the LHT, and I guess it's a complete bike, so I wouldn't have to worry about buying/upgrading parts (although I hear getting a slightly smaller chainring is a good idea). Should I just suck it up and get the LHT, or are there other bikes to consider? The Trek 520 is another one that comes up in conversation, it seems, but I haven't really looked into it that much (it does seem like the LHT has some better components). I guess the question is, is there a well eqipped bike with similar simple stylings, but slightly less expensive than, the LHT, or should I just suck it up and get it? Thanks.