I'm planning a bike trip from Poland to Spain this summer and I need a new bike for this. Now I don't have any technical experience with touring so I'd like to get some recommendations. Here are some facts:
* I'm mostly riding on asphalt, but sometimes I have to take an off-road route
* My speed is 25-30 km/h
* I ride 80-100 km daily
* My budget is about $1400 (and I'm salvaging the pedals [Tioga Surefoot] from my old bike unless there's a reason not to)
* The bike will be later used for Polish roads which are full of holes so take that into account
I'd like to know what should I look at when choosing a bike. I'm going to read the sticky meanwhile and I'm waiting your suggestions and perhaps requests for more info.