I'm pretty new to all this so forgive me, but how risky is it to buy a bike having never seen or ridden it? Has anyone had a chance to ride the 2009 Novara Fusion? My commute is about 7.5 mi round-trip that I'm currently able to make on a single-speed cruiser. I'm considering this bike because I'm a member and could get 20% off w/$5 shipping. The problem is, the closest REI is 125 miles away. I am going to try a Breezer Villager and/or Uptown tomorrow and that is what I'm leaning towards. However, on paper, the Novara is better and certainly represents a better value (except there is not stinking chain-guard - I wear nice clothes to work and my wife and I wear nice clothes to church which we ride to). I'm just nervous to buy a bike without riding it, but am having a hard time justifying the extra cash on the Breezer - though it does look very comfortable. My wife and I also tow our kids around in a Chariot and have found we can do 90% of what we want by bike so we decided to upgrade bikes rather than getting a second car. A 5-10 mile radius is our territory so comfort and utility is what I'm looking for. Any advice is appreciated - thanks.