Hello, I am new to this forum. I have posted a few different topics in the past while, but haven't been specific with my needs.
I am an avid traveller and an avid bicyclist. However, I am new to touring. Late this summer I am planning an across Canada tour. I have a one year work contract in the Middle East. After which I am hoping to complete the ride of my dreams, to ride from Egypt down the Eastern coast all the way to South Africa. I was even pondering the idea of riding from Saudi Arabia (where I will be working) through the middle east to get there.
I would like this bike to be an investment in all future touring trips. Ideally I would like it to be good for great distance on paved roads, but I don't want to be stuck in some part of Africa wishing that I had picked a more rugged bike.
I need a bike that is simple to fix on the road and can handle anything.
If the bike is truly worth the money I don't mind shelling out. However, I really don't know my options and would a cheaper bike suffice.
Through my research the bikes that I have been looking at were the Thorn Sherpa, Thorn Nomad, Rodrigues or Sakkit (but I don't really know much about Sakkit, nor just how much they would cost.
In regards to the Nomad, would the S&S weaken the frame at all. (I like this option) If I got the Sherpa with S&S they would nearly be the same price.
I am not stuck on any of these bikes. They are just what I have found so far, any and all info, recommendations or help would be greatly appreciated.
I look forward to hear what you have to say.