I'm new here and am looking for advice on bicycle touring, specifically the "fully-supported" kind.
I currently live in Bend, Oregon and one of my goals is to do the Cycle Oregon tour. However I have a lot of work to do first. One, I need a bike, and based on what I saw on a recent visit to a local bike shop, that is a pretty expensive proposition. Two, I need to train and get in shape.
On the bike front, I have been advised that, with "supported" touring, I would do well to get a bike based on the road-racing style--lightweight, maneuverable. They're also expensive. The carbon-fiber Trek that the salesman showed me was $2800. Am I really going to have to spend this kind of money for a bike? Originally I was thinking of maybe $1000 for a bike. What do you think?
On the training and general knowledge front, I need to do some searching for some good books on cycling--touring in particular. Any recommendations here?