So, a mere five days after my first posting, in which I noted that I'd decided to wait until Spring to buy a bike, I walked into my LBS today to buy a pair of gloves and rode out on a new bike! Actually, I'd kind of decided that a Trek 7.3 FX would best suit my riding style, and I really liked it when I test rode it a few weeks ago. The 2008 version of the bike had a MSRP of $569, and my LBS was selling it for $519, which I still felt was too high for me. My LBS is in a fairly robust downtown area of a northern Detroit suburb, and this weekend all the retail stores in town are having their annual "sidewalk sale". As I was walking through the shop, I noticed the Trek 7.3 FX in the "sale" area outside, and I saw that it was marked down to $399! This price, coupled with the fact that the 2009 7.3 FX had increased $90 to $659, told me I had to jump on it. I think I got a great bike for the money, and I'm very pleased. I just wanted to let everyone know...I'm off for my first ride!