I've thought it over for the past 2 years and I'm ready to make a change. I've decided to give up owning a car and relying on a bicycle as my main mode of transportation. I would have converted sooner, but my home town in WV is probably the least conducive to bicycle commuting than anywhere else I've ever been. So, I am also moving, yeah! I'll spare you the politics/reasons behind my decision, and just get to my question. I've been saving for the move for over two years and now feel that I can free up around a $1,000 maybe a bit more to equip myself with a new bicycle. Originally I was just going to dress up my only bike, an old Trek 400 Elance, for some light touring, but the bike has always felt a bit big for me. I like old bikes, but the more I'm learning about this life the more I may want something with better touring geometry and capabilities. I realize at this price point I'm not in the frame builder arena, but I thought suggestions from learned commuters would be valuable.
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thanks for any help,