Good Morning All!
I'm living in the Canada, but originally from the UK, and I'm fairly new to this whole touring malarkey! But, everyone's gotta start somewhere, right?
I've got an old 2008 Raleigh Triumph MTB which I'm using for short-ish tours (my last - and first tour was 85KM, am hoping to do another one this weekend). But, the MTB isn't equipped to do major touring - cross-country is my goal, and then Europe!
I've started to save my pennies! However, I'm still on a budget of around 600-800 CAD, as my income isn't a steady one.
I realise that most of the top-end touring bikes go for over a thousand, which would be fine if it wasn't going to take me a million years to save that! And, I'm not getting any younger, at 19 I feel as though I'm hard-pressed to do something with my life. And so, I figured why not take off across the country!
I've already purchased rear pannier racks and bags for my MTB, and am planning to use that while I save up my money for my new bike.
Any help that you guys can give, including links to sites - or even a free bike! Ya'know... A gesture of good faith!
That would be much appreciated - okay, I'm joking about the free bike. But yes, links to sites, any help at all is greatly appreciated.