Old 07-05-13, 07:12 PM
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OP: Suggest hitting the Surly Long Haul Trucker web page and search on this forum for similar discussions on it. Then either go buy a used or a new one (should be able to find both in a week or so of looking)... Or find a bike that has similar characteristics and features to the LHT. Note that the Surly's have a strong fan club and a strong hate club. Recommend ignoring both of the extremists groups.

If you begin to want toward building your own; even if you pickup a $99 frame, you will still end up in the same price range as a new LHT ($1,200 to $1,400 and up), so it begs the question of such is a viable path.

But either way, add lighting, fenders, bottles, tool kit, spare tire/tube, etc., if the bike you pick is not so equipped already.

If you are going to need panniers, handlebar bag, a tent, a sleeping bag, a camp stove, pots/pans, a camp light, etc., then start making a list of those as they add up to a sizable total cost (probably $600->$1,000 and up for a full set of the add-on bling most folks need for touring). Ignore that if you are doing a credit card tour.

Hope that helps

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