I've recently gotten interested in bicycle touring and I want to hit the ground running. I have plans to bike along the coast of Maine in August, tentative plans throughout the year and a cross country trip next summer.
Now for the dilemma. I've been looking into getting an LHT for quite a while now but I recently received a Raleigh Alyeska from my uncle. I don't know how old the bicycle is, or the shape of the parts. It seems to have seen better days in some areas. The frame is the proper size.
My question is, would it be worth it to re-outfit the Raleigh with mostly new components or just purchase an LHT? I feel like since I already have the frame I should be able to get better parts and end up paying around the same cost. I can see fixing up the Raleigh being a hassle but I would probably stand to learn something in the process as well.
Also, how much would a LBS typically charge if I gave them the frame and the parts and asked them to put it together?