Hey everyone, I'm relatively new to biking and a first-timer on the forum. Ive slowly caught the bug over the past 3 years, fluctuating between excitement for finally being on a bike again and being sometimes frustrated with my unwieldy, uppity Giant Cypress hybrid. I'm now in the market for something faster and sleeker, and I'm determined to do some touring in the next year. Since I am a novice cycler and a broke college student, I can't commit more than $900 to my next bike. I've done some research and it seems like the only touring bikes that consistently fit my specs and price range are the Bianchi Volpe and Jamis Aurora (though I've also seen the Novara Randonee and the Windsor Tourist on some sites.) What are the pros and cons and which do you recommend? Am I overlooking a good candidate? Keep in mind that I would like the bike to be my primary for short local rides (20-30miles) but also one that will withstand a tour of 1000+ miles next summer. Thanks in advance for any advice, I'm pretty lost.