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Gear Talk / Advice on bike options?
« on: July 14, 2006, 10:47:15 am »
I don't even have enough money to be on a budget, but I have a dream.  I'm in the beginning stages of planning a tour across America.  I'm wanting to do this as a charity ride for warm blankets international (they help rescue human trafficking victims  So I need a proper bike.  The most cost effective option would be to buy a trailer and go with what I have, however I'd prefer to have at least a steel frame.  I've been watching ebay for some time, and it seems every bike set up for touring sells pretty high compared to their non touring counterparts.  So my question is Would it be cheaper to outfit, for instance an old lugged Raleigh Grand Prix with proper components for touring and buy a trailer, or just buy a new trek 520?  Along with that is the question, do they still make components that would fit on an old raleigh frame.  I think the frame  was made in the seventies.  Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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