First off I would like to say that I am completely new to these forums, cycling, and the idea of touring.
Other than riding a BMX style bike, I've not cycled at all.
Although I've no experience, I am extremely interested in touring. In fact, I'd be really disappointed in myself if I didn't end up going on a tour, hopefully soon if not eventually.
After doing some searching online, I've become interested in the Jamis Aurora... perhaps because it is a budget bike. With that being said, I was wondering how much "better" the 2005 model is compared to the previous years' models.
Should I spend 400 or so dollars on a used 2003 model, or pay full price for a new 2005, considering that I am just starting out with riding?
Or should I be looking for another brand, instead?
Also, what size frame should I be looking to get?
My measurements are not certain... I am 5'8" to 5'9". My inseam I have not measured, but I wear pants with 30 inseam, which SEEM to fit decently.
From what I've read, 55cm should be my choice, although I am uncertain.
Thanks in advanced.