I need a touring bike for 400$ or less. Motobecane Cafe Latte, or Windsor Wellington 3.0? Those are the two that caught my eye on bikesdirect. But if there is one that is better within that price range, please let me know. Im bit new to bicycling, but im a fit young guy and I want to get into long distance touring, with panniers, tent, sleeping bag, the whole nine yards. But heres the deal, i dont have a whole lot of money, only 400$ at the moment, and with no forseeable income in the future. My grandfather gave me 400 to plunk down on a bike, and thats what i intend to do. I want to stay away from bike shops however, they overcharge like crazy. I dont have a whole lot of experience wrenching on bicycles, but my father is a motor scooter mechanic, and i have a lot of experience with those, so im pretty sure i could get the hang of assembling and repairing a bike without the help of a bike shop.
So, Whats a good entry level budget touring/road bike? For doing centuries, biking coast to coast, etc.