I've been trying bikes out, for some time now and the 2 I'm down to are touring bikes. It what must of my riding is anyhow. I took the Cannondale T800 out for a ride and I was surprised how nice it rode. I've got the Novara Randonee on order and I should have it by the end of the week. You have to order it from REI, but you don't have to buy it. I had the Randonee about a year ago and it is a very nice bike, but I couldn't handle it at the time. I couldn't believe how the Cannondale fit, but I'm worried about road buzz. It's hard to find out how bad it will be without taking it out for 30 or 40 miles though. When I had the Randonee, the farthest I went was about 20 miles. The way I have my Jamis set up now it's easier to get in the drops. That's something I never thought I'd say, but it works. Anyhow If you don't mind give me some of your opinions. The Randonee is $950 and the Cannondale is $1300.