my bike at the moment is not totally appropriate, but it's what i got for now...
it WAS a 2003 marin portofino i bought from a friend a few years ago, cromo frame with a carbon fiber fork. most of the components failed, so it's been converted to a single speed, and i made the bars into bullhorns by flipping the drop bars and hacksawing the drops off. i switched the fork out for a cheap-o steel fork last week because i was constantly fearful of the battered carbon failing on me in a terrible way. my main issues with it are that i can't put on tires fatter than 28s, and right now i'm running 23s, which seemed like a good idea at the time (whoops!). i've been spending alot of time trying to figure out the right bike for me, which will be a different thread all together. soon i'll get a picture posted so you all can have a laugh at how my poor mismatched bike looks with my spray paint job and whatnot; but hey, at least i dont have to worry about anyone stealing it when i lock it in front of a bar.
i live in central CA, in a completely flat city, so i can get by on the single speed, but when i have the right bike i want to take advantage of all those neat-o sierra nevada mountains that i can see every day. i've attempted a metric century twice, but i get shoulder and wrist cramps due to the bike not being the right size. i know by body could handle it, but it's just gotta wait until i have the money for something better. i've mulled dropping more money on the bike i have with new handlebars and whatnot, but i think it's better served to put towards this new dream bike.