Well, finally decide to upgrade from my 1980 Motobecane Grand Touring, things are starting to wear out and parts are getting harder to find. I'm trying to decide between the Novara Randonee and the Trek 520. I've heard lots of good info on both and was wondering if the 520 is worth the extra $$. I figure I may have to do upgrades on both bikes for touring, so the savings on the Randonee may be good.
I'm an REI member and will be able to get it at the 20% off.
Randonee at 20% $760
Trek 520 $1,000 (2006 model on sale if they have my size)
Trek 520 at least $1,200 (based on 2006 price)
I mostly commute (15 miles one way), some long weekend rides, and plan on doing some loaded touring (hey, I only had the Motobecane for 26 years and haven't toured, what's the rush) ).
As I said above, I've heard both bikes are good. Just wondering if I should spend the extra money on the 520.