Ok so here's the deal. I've got a one week vacation and weekends to do some bicycle "touring" (due to a full time job). My current dream is to carry a Hennessey hammock (I already own), as few clothes as possible, lots of water, a little food, perhaps a few electronics etc. I'm gearing to do stealth camping as it will be the cheapest but I have no bicycle to do this.
The bike I desire has the following:
-Steel Frame Only
-Steel Fenders (Or braze ons to add steel fenders)
-Mountain Bicycle Gearing
-Braze ons for front and back racks (preferably already included w/ bike)
-Drop Handlebars *without* combination brake/shifters
-Pedals and Kickstand included in bike price desirable
-Prefer a black or green bicycle color (but does not have to be)
What are the *cheapest* bicycles I can do this on without breaking the bank? (In my case breaking the bank means spending more than $1200 on the bike)
Some facts about me:
5'9'' 150 pounds 36'' pants seam
If you need more information let me know. Thanks in advance for any help you can give!