Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Melbourne, AU
Bikes: Cannondale T800, Northwood tandem, 1970s Gitane fixxed 45x16
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- Touring-style hybrid eg. Jamis coda, Shogun metro (esp. 2nd hand with steel frame, can then upgrade components), Specialised Crossroads, or similar.
- MTB-style tourer eg. Koga world traveller, Cannondale T2
(or old MTB and upgrade)
- Surly LHT with flat bar build
- Thorn Raven tour (oops, out of your budget; maybe the Sherpa)
Not sure why it limits your choices. Flat-bar tourers (ie. hybrid-style, with MTB drivetrain and medium-width tyres, rather than flat bar road style with road drivetrain and narrow clearances) are a lot easier to find than drop-bar tourers.