Ok wife is tired of thing breaking on my 80's road bike and my rides taking longer because of road side fixes and her sometimes having to pick me up, also tired of hearing about it.
so she got together with family and decided that they would all pitch in for a new bike for a present. (my birthday and christmas are very close). the only issue is $500 is the limit.
I was planing on saving myself till March 2013 for a carbon with 105 or Rival.
My local LBS has the 2010 GT gtr 5 microshift for $549+tax=$609
or go the bikes direct route the Gravity Liberty X with Apex (-apex cranks and brakes) for $599 no tax
I would prefer i give my business to the LBS, but becasue of the lack of funds i dont want to get a bike i will want to upgrade in 6 months.
So should i look for other bikes? go with one of these? or should i just stick with what i got and HTFU