Hey everyone. I'm posting this specifically for people with experience with the Trek 520. I went to my LBS today and found a new 2004 17" Trek 520 on sale for $800. That's a great deal. I'm a short (5'5.75") male with broad shoulders and shorter arms. The bike geometry was great for me, except I was stretching a drop to reach the brakes on the handlebars. Still, this is the smallest size Trek 520 available, and I can't find any touring bikes (except customs) that are substantially less than 17". The top tube on the bike is 540mm, which is a little longer than the top tube on the 17" touring models of some other brands. I really like the feel of this bike overall, and I think that $800 is a great deal. I was wondering if there are any relatively short people out there who own a Trek 520. If so, have you found yourself to be stretching to reach the handlebars? How comfortable do you find the bike to be overall? Perhaps in time I'll adjust to the horizontal dimensions of the bike. After all, I can't imagine that Trek only intended to make tourers for people 5'7" or greater. Can you recommend any adjustments of customizations to bring the handlebars a bit closer to me?
Thanks for any feedback.