Hello!! I'm planning a trip that will start in either Spain or Portugal, and that will head over through France and Switzerland, down to Italy, and then to connect with the Eastern parts of the EuroVelo 8. Right now I do not own a bike that is appropriate for the route. I'm looking for something functional and easy to manage for someone who does not know much about bicycles. I'm wondering..should I buy a bike in Europe, where I hear they may be more expensive, and sell it after my tour? Should I buy one in the states, but pay the $200 baggage fee to ship it to Europe?
I would love to hear any advice you may have about what bikes may be good for someone like me on that route, and what might be the cheaper option for me. Also, any stories or ideas that may help me plan my trip would definitely be appreciated! Thanks!!