I've been saving for a while in order to finally purchase my first bike to try to get in shape. At this point, I've got about $650 saved for a bike, and can probably stretch it a little more. Oddly enough, I've already got helmet, shoes, gloves, jerseys, etc, etc that I've picked up along the way, so the budget is strictly for a bike.
I was hoping to save around $1000 or so to pick up a cross check or something along those lines. Problem is since spring has sprung around here, I'm starting to get the itch (coupled with constant prodding from my 9 yr old ) to buy a comparatively cheaper flat bar bike to get riding now, rather than losing a couple more months of riding while I save for the cross bike.
I've ruled out all of the online/used sources, as I'm not confident that I could get something adjusted/setup properly, and would prefer to have a shop backing me up on this first purchase.
Since it seems like a lot of flat bar riders wish they'd gone with drops, I'm afraid that I'd be losing money on a flat bar in the long run, as I'd probably still end up with a Cross Check down the road, but I'm losing time waiting on a drop bar bike.
Anyone have any thoughts either way?