I currently ride a fixed gear bike around the city. I use it for transportation, commuting, wandering/personal enjoyment. I'd like to get a geared bike however. I am interesting in doing long distance rides, non-competitively, for my own enjoyment/alleycats. I find the road bike style geometry very satisfying, and even if I am not competitive, I like to really mash, and go fast. I am not particularly concerned about bike weight, I just don't want it to be ridiculously heavy -- mainly got carrying it up to my apartment. If I had to say one area i'm most interested in, it'd be touring. Also, my budget is like $1000, give or take. I also like a classy ride, i'm not into super techy looking stuff. Any suggestions? I don't mind buying used. Thanks.
I was looking at the Masi Speciale CX, and the Surly Long Haul Trucker, but they seem like they'd be really heavy. Or are they reasonable?