Hi all, I've been a member for sometime now. This site is a great resource and I want to thank all the helpful posts I've read and learned from. This is my first post and I'd like to ask you touring vets about these tourers I'm currently considering for an upcoming trip in the Pacific Northwest. I commute and ride regularly via bike, and have done a short tour around southern California (3 days) while pulling a trailer on a 80's Japanese-built steel frame - a TON of fun and can't wait to do it again - but didn't pack well and definitely were missing lower gears.
This time it is going to be a much longer journey - estimating ~1400-1800 miles but spread out over the course of several months. So while the mileage may be high for a newbie, I won't be pressured to go 80+ miles on any given day. I foresee a solid amount of climbing as I'll be going through the Cascades and perhaps even the Canadian Rockies/coastal ranges. No trailer this time, but will have a packed load mainly due to camera equipment.
I ride on a 58cm Trek roadie and it fits me well.
Here are the bikes I'm looking at:
Trek 520 (says 2000 but looks like a '97 or '98 ref. from Bikepedia?): http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lgb...652266656.html
1997 Cannondale T700: http://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst...626167369.html
1993 Cannondale H800: http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv...634878325.html
Comments on suitability, price, and recommendations?
I'm looking to check out these bikes in person in the coming days. Ideally, I'd like to spend <$600.
I appreciate your time in advance!