Right now all I have is a Trek Navigator 300 Comfort Bike. I fell in love with riding after I got that and soon realized that I should have gotten something different. I love camping and backpacking and if I could combine that with cycling then I would be in heaven. The only problem is that none of the local bike shops carry touring bikes. Between the three shops here in town, the brands sold that have touring models are Trek, Cannondale, Giant and Fuji. But none of the stores actually carry the touring models so I am unable to actually test one out before I buy. If I have a budget of $900 to $1200, it doesn't leave me a very wide range of options anyway. Basically, there is the Trek 520, the Cannondale T800, or the Fuji Touring bike. Is there really much of a difference in the feel of these bikes that I would be messing up by just picking one and going with it? Has anyone here ever just ordered a bike without going for a test ride? Were you dissatisfied with the purchase?