I'm looking for a moderately priced touring bike. Got all excited about the REI Randonet, but then learned they don't make a size small enough for a shortie like me (I'm 5"4", male, 28" inseam). Next choice was a Trek 520 - lots of decent reviews on this one, seems like an acceptable and proven touring bike. Called up a local shop and they're steering me to the Specialized Tri-Cross, Sport model. Aluminum frame, fairly long wheel base, they tell me it's ideal for touring, but then they're trying to sell it to me.
Any advice for a short guy looking for a touring bike around $1000? Anyone have experience w/ a Specialized Tri-Cross? Thanks for any ideas!