> I want a trek 520, but they only make it to 60cm and I am 6'6 1/2 HELP!<
This is just one notch short of "If I can't have this bike, I won't go." An inauspicious start.
I don't know anything about upright touring bikes except what I read in Adventure Cyclist magazine. Their buying guides are essential reading if you are going to invest in a bicycle. Specific recommendations for brands and models must be regarded carefully; there are hundreds of excellent bikes and no one knows what might fit your tastes and physical presence.
I always recommend a recumbent for people who think they want to tour but never have. The difference in the touring experience, what we call high definition bicycling, is almost impossible to communicate. Fortunately for those of us who ride recumbents, not everyone is capable of appreciating the difference so we remain a tightly closed brother/sisterhood. When I'm done riding a hundred miles, I'm as tired as everyone else is, but, when I climb off my rolling lounge chair, nothing on my 55-year old body hurts and, man, that means a lot to me.
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