Old 01-21-11, 02:51 PM
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You don't have a lot of time to shop for a bike. 2 months, 3 months tops. You want some time to grow accustomed to whatever you get before your tour.

Here is a list of touring bikes... What to look out for second hand.
http://www.examiner.com/bicycle-trav...uring-bicycles

If you end up with a new LHT, you won't be disappointed. You will really appreciate the low maintenance of a new bike that is properly set up. That said, you probably have good wrenching skills from your experience with your previous bikes.
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