I'm planning on building a bike. (couldn't you tell?) Ideally, I'd like to purchase a cheap, used bike and use its frame to build off of. I'm a student, so the bike will be used as transportation to/from class and the occasional leisure ride. During the summer however, I would like to tour with the bike. Nothing extravagant; something like 4-7 day tours. I would like to spend less than $1000 on this project. I'll list some things I would like to see on the finished product and am hoping that someone can give me an idea of where to start. (Which old, used bike to purchase and any other suggestions that you feel are necessary).
Here is what I'm looking for in the final product.
-more of a mountain bike, less of a road bike (by this I mean my focus is on strength, durability, and toughness instead of speed, weight, and agility.)
-able to support front/rear panniers and racks
-able to support front/rear fenders
If it's possible to purchase a used bike in which I can use multiple parts from, then that is even better.
Thanks for all of your help!
P.S. I have no problem using only the frame and purchasing new parts for the bike, I only figured I could keep the cost down if some parts were reusable. I should also mention that this does not need to be a full-blown 520 or LHT. I don't need extremely expensive parts, rather high-value ones (parts that offer a compromise between price and quality)