I can't afford this ****ing thing, but after looking at it, I'm unsatisfied with all the other touring bikes I have seen! Help! Why are there no budget touring bikes that are really built like a touring bike? I was looking at the Aurora but it has road gearing, not much tire clearance, and brifters. I looked at the Bianchi Volpe and it seemed about the same, Fuji touring wasnt looking too hot either with those wheels. If I could find a cheap used touring bike (hell, even an old mtb big enough for my lanky ass) I would be satisfied with compromise, but I just cannot spend $800-950 on a stock touring bike that I am not even satisfied with... POOP.