OK, so I want to buy a touring bike and I've been looking for a few weeks and after a lot of research I feel like the Novara Randonet would be perfect, especially now that they're on sale. It has everything I want and the price is right. The problems is 1) I live in a remote area and cannot get to a store to take it for a test drive and 2) the specs list a standover height of 31.5" and my inseam is only 28". The guys at REI have told me that standover height is not absolute and the bike may still fit me, but then, they're job is to sell it so me
REi says I can always return the bike... is it worth it for me to buy it now while it's on sale, have a friend who lives nearby pick it up, and then wait till I can get down there to try it out (not for another 6 weeks) ... or am I just dreaming?