I'm going to be doing a bike tour of every U.S. state except Hawaii and Alaska. I'll be taking my time and enjoying the scenery, but never staying in one place for too long. I currently have a Trek 4100, but am looking to upgrade it. What's a good touring bike for a reasonable price? I want a good value, not just put a lot of money into something I really don't need. I'm a minimalist, so I prefer to not waste money whenever possible. I don't mind waiting for a good sale.
I'm going to be putting thousands of miles on the bike and going through a lot of different terrain. I'm going to have to have a tent and all that, so it needs to be able to carry gear well. I can always replace the seat or find a good cover.
As many good ones that you can list would help, honestly. I'm not starting until March, so I have plenty of time to keep an eye out in case one goes on sale. Any good bicycle online shops would help too. Will need spare parts and gear as well.