Never done touring before but am planning a tour in the UK and France next year. I now ride a CAAD9 road bike and my wife rides a Bianchi road bike.
Did a lot of research and narrowed down to:
Jamis Aurora-my first choice till now
Jamis looks the best for us, as the Volpe has short chain stays and the Surly has bar end shifters which [while I have never tried], looks not that easy to use. Also the Surly may be overkill for our planned light touring.
We will not be doing fully loaded touring but about 80-100km a day and staying in B&Bs.
We live in India so the only locally available [with difficulty - no test ride and we just have to pay and order] touring bike is the Cannondale Touring bikes which are aluminium, and designed I think for heavier riders and loaded tours.
We could buy the Jamis on a US trip, but our next trip is to the UK. So, any suggestions for UK touring bikes that would be around 1000 USD? Something that we could buy in London and start our tour directly?