I have decided to return to biking after a ten year break. I am out of excuses and out of shape, and well.... I really miss biking.
I really want to buy a dependable, quality road tourer. Currently been looking at the Surly LHT, Trek 520, the Fuji world, and the Schwinn super sport gtx. I'm actually totally sold on a different bike, the Koga Miyata World Traveller but i'm not quite sure i am ready to spend 4k on a hand built bike that I may very well have to go to Europe to get.
So I have turned my search towards lower end manufactured bikes to get myself back into the hobby before I start spending that kind of money.
Anyway, I figured this would be a good place to solicite advice/ testimonials about touring bikes. I'm currently looking in the 1K range but if there are some extraordinary values out there that I have over looked, please fill me in. One thing all my recent research has enightened me to, is that there are ALOT of good bikes out there.
Thanks in advance,