I just received a $800 check from a previous employer saying it was my portion of the stocks I had accumulated while working there for 2 years. Just in time, too, as I have been interested in buying a touring bike!! I am an avid mountin biker, but want a bike more suited for the road. I will use it mostly for commuting (10 miles each way), but also want to keep some panniers on it for going to gorcery store, etc. (want to phase out the use of my car altogether), and the occasional visit to my parent's in Eugene (100 miles away). I don't want to spend more than about $900, but want a good, solid, reliable ride. So I did a little research and came up with some options. Could anyone give their opinions as to which ones would better suit my needs?
Thanks, and happy riding!