Does anyone know if these make good frames to start with? Are they strong? Reliable? How do they handle loads?
I've never done touring before and I came across a trek 830 frame for free, so I'm wondering if it is worth it to spend money building into a touring bike?
Any experience or comments or anything would be greatly appreciated
The 830 was one of Trek's entry level bikes. The rear triangle may not be chromoly, but I can't recall off the top of my head. I would think it would be a fairly sturdy bike, but with mediocre components. Regardless, a free 830 is a good deal!