Old 07-09-13, 12:35 PM
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Evan,
My advice would be to search for a true "touring" bike, complete with a triple chainring front crankset, and a wide range rear cassette. If there's an REI near you, they'll have a few options. You're going to be spending A LOT of time on this bike. It must be very comfortable, suitable for varied road conditions and elevations, as well as durable and simple. That's a touring bike.

Look toward steel, and not aluminum or carbon. Advanced materials are not advantageous and not necessary. Re-ask your question on the Touring forum, and they'll give you more specific advice. Most bike shops will have few true touring options, but a few may. Ask questions, test ride, and decide.

Good luck.

Phil G.
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