I was in the same situation you were several months ago and wondered into REI
and spent a considerable amount of time asking questions and saying stuff like,
They measured me for a bike and they showed me several bikes but I chose to test
the Navara Safari Touring Bike. After going online and checking it out on Google there
was nothing but praise for the bike.
I love it the moment I tested it. The moustache handle bars are great for positioning
your body around on long rides plus you can get low in the wind or going downhill.
The bike is extreamly sturdy and I'd suggest you take a serious look at it. Seems like
it was around $800.00 but I got it on sale at a 20% reduction. As an REI member they
have sales like that from time to time.
This way you get to test the bike instead of shooting in the dark and hoping you guess
Hope this helps...John