I'm looking for a bike that I will be using mostly for commuting purposes on a daily basis, but that I can also use on Century mile rides for recreational use. So far I've been looking at steel framed bicycles like the Surly Pacer and the Kona ***** Tonk. They are very comfortable compared to the aluminum bikes I've tried and are also in my price range. Also, I don't have any intentions on carrying loads besides myself and a back pack.
Are any of these good choices?
What sort of things should I be looking for considering my needs.