I originally had a decent mountain bike which I was using to train but it was stolen! After a long hiatus, I finally want to get back to cycling because I'm going to attempt my first touring experience in Spain, Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia.
This touring trip will begin in October until December. It will be the first time that I will tour in another country. In order to be prepared for such a trip, I will be training in the United States by attempting to get around by cycling only. But before I do that, I'm going to need a good touring bicycle.
So I need all the help from all of you veterans in assembling a good touring bicycle. While I am flexible with how much I can spend on a bicycle, I aim to get the best bang for the buck. My goal is to get the best value for around $1,000 -- give or take. Not every item has to be new. I can try to look for some used parts. I would like to assemble my own bicycle because it helps with understanding how everything works and it also helps with understanding how to fix the bicycle while being on the road.
Now here are some things to keep in mind: since I will be going in October until December, the weather will be wetter than normal. Basically, it's going to get wet. Thus my bicycle needs to be able to withstand a lot of moisture and also be able to get great traction in the rain. I am not sure if I should powder coat my frames. And since I will be touring, the bicycle will need to support a lot of weight and as well as be comfortable in nearly 6-8 hour daily rides.
Here are some assembly ideas:
Surly Long Haul Trucker (new or used) - $430 (new)
Schwalbe Tires (whatever has the best wet grip and is durable for long trips) - $35 - $70 (x2)
Brooks B-17 Saddle - $70
Front and rear racks - $??
Front and rear fenders (for preventing rain splashing all over) - $??
Unfortunately... that is just about all I know, lol. I am not a bike expert. I have read a lot about the different parts that make up a bicycle but I do not know why people choose them (i.e. Shimano products).
Also, what sizes should I get? For stability, I would probably get 700C wheels but what cm size should I get for the frame? I am 5'9". Any suggestions?
I would appreciate all the help... thanks!