I have been looking for a communter/touring bike for a few weeks now. I would primarily use the bike for communting, however anticipate hitting the road with it for full on touring. Locally, I grouped the bikes into two realistic price ranges $700-$899 (Bianchi Volpe, Fuji Touring, Novara Randonee) and $1100-$1300 (Trek 520, Cannondale T800). I think the novara is nicley equipped, but feel my arms are too stretched out on the 55cm. I didn't feel comfortable on Fuji. And I like the feel of the Bianchi, although am concerned about the chainstay length as it is shorter than most. I haven't ridden the other two bikes yet, but financially prefer the first price range.
I would appreciate any thoughts on the Volpe, or any of the other bike with regard to my situation thus far.