Making some progress on planning my first real tour, now i'm just number crunching on bikes...
What i'm trying to figure out, is whether its worth building a bike from scratch or buying complete, i'm sure the topic has been covered many times but i'd be keen to hear suggestions.
I have a fairly limited knowledge when it comes to putting a bike together, I have no real experience with replacing components or fixing broken bits other than general maintenance and tightening things that are loose etc. but i'm very keen to learn. I would love to know how to fix all the components so that if i have issues on the road, i can deal with them. However if I did this could I potentially build a bike cheaper than buying complete or would all the help i'd need from LBS's etc make it not cost effective.
I'm pretty well read up on the complete bikes in my price range, $1000-$1500, but.... Could I build a bike much cheaper and learn a great deal along the way?
My wife would love it if I could get it done for $800 CDN...is this even possible?
Been reading a few threads and the Nashbar Aluminium Touring frames seems a great deal...good place to start???
or should I skip it, buy complete and rely on LBS's for fixing any ills along the way?