Actually, I was just about to start a thread called "post a pic of your budget tourer" which I will do as soon as I can get mine all loaded up and take a pic of it. My budget was around $300 for everything. For that $$, I picked up a 1985 Stumpjumper Sport on CL for $95 (the thing is bombproof and has an 18" chainstay), got the waterproof Nashbar front and rear panniers on sale (rear were $38 and the front I paid more for, think it was around $50 or so), got both front and rear racks from Nashbar on sale (rear for $17 and front for $15). Even picked up the little Nashbar front rack that mounts on your canti bosses b/c I really liked the small front bag that goes w/ it (picked up the rack for $10 and also the bag for $10) so that grand total for bike + racks + bag came to $235 if I'm adding right. Had to do a few mods to my Stumpjumper. Replaced the nice Specialized crank (26-36-46 rings) w/ a low end Shimano mtn crank (on sale at Nashbar for $20) b/c I wanted the lower gearing (22-32-42) and it works great. I had a really nice IRD 6 spd freewheel on another bike of mine that I swapped in and also misc spare parts from other used bikes I'd picked up for low dollars on CL (drop bars from a Shogun, stem shifters from a Schwinn etc and a pair of cross top levers I'd picked up a year or two ago but never used. New bar tape from Nashbar was $6. And I added some SKS fenders on sale from Nashbar also for I think $25 so that brings the total now is $286, still under budget. I'm still amassing some more camping gear (cookset, better pad) and even cycling sandals but some far, I've been able to get those items one way or another so that my budget is still intact.
Last edited by erbfarm; 05-27-09 at 01:29 PM.