I haven't seen the Trek 520 yet (it's on craigslist) but I plan to see it this weekend. If it's in good shape (has 500 miles on it, supposedly), I think I will be leaning towards it rather than the Novara Randonee, but is there any reason I should be rethinking the Randonee? My only thought where the Randonee would be superior to a genuine Trek 520 would be maybe the security of buying it at REI, where customer service is fantastic. Please, I'd like to hear some advice!
It's for an 8 week ride I'm planning in May-July. London to Athens.