I am trying to decide on a bike for my needs. I will be commuting for the next 2 months on Guam. It's really rainy now, but should be drying up soon. The hills are much steeper than I'm used to as well. I commuted to school for 4.5 years in MS on a Diamandback Hardtail mountain bike, but I'd really like to get something more efficient now (bike is still in MS). My plan is to do some loaded touring as well when back on the mainland. The problems I'm having are the only two bike shops on island have either mountain or road bikes. One deals Giant/Cannondale the other Trek and Gary Fisher. They don't have much in stock and takes a month to special order bikes! My options are an '07 Giant OCR or some higher end Treks (not sure) I'd like to keep the price under $1k, but cheaper is always better. There's not much in the way of used which would be ideal. I've fallen in love with the Surly LHT and of course the Trek 520, should I just try to get one shipped from the states, used? I can't really wait a month for delivery. Thanks for any help!