= More money spent. On my last bike tour, I purchased a brand new bike a few weeks beforehand. $900. I still have that bike, but now that my planned route involves a lot of trails, including the gravelly C&O towpath, I did my research and decided to go with the Surly Troll. $1700 woo! This bike appears to be able to go anywhere and that is exactly what I think I need. My original bike, a Soma Saga would certainly get the job done, but it is a road touring bike that doesn’t do as well on gravel. In case you haven’t heard of them, Surly appears to be the standard in steel touring bikes. Using their website, I was able to locate a dealer in Delaware, near my home state of Maryland. There are a few dealers in my area, but I went a little farther from home for this bike because they gave me a little discount for paying cash and no sales tax in Delaware!