I've made up my mind finally in what I want. I was against the Randonee for a while because I rode a
52cm a couple of times and it just didn't feel right. I finally went back and rode the 55cm, I can't explain what a difference it made! It was like a totally different bike! I can attest that you really do need to get a real good idea of what size you need. I always knew a bike that was too big would be pretty much unridable, but I had no idea just one size down would make that much of a difference (Randonees go from 52 to 55cm)! So, tonight after work I'm going by REI and picking up my new 55cm Randonee! I looked around for a used mount, but found that people keep their touring bikes for a LONG time and finding one substantially cheaper than a new Randonee meant getting very old technology in parts and since I'm a tech geek.... Besides, I'll get my %10 back, so I'm really getting $95 off.
Now I have to decide which Brooks I want and which pedals. I'm thinking the B68 and Crank Bros. Smarty or Candy pedals. Any comments?
Thanks for all the help and am looking forward to learning more,