And really? I knew I was looking for a new ride. I've had my heart set on upgrading for a while.
So here's where I got and I have some decisions to make, but I'm in no rush, so it'd be nice for any advice from you fine forum folks.
Ride #1: Gary Fisher Cronus
Ride #2: Cannondale Fifty-Fifty
Niether bike was actually at my LBS, so I test-rode a Fisher Paragon (I guess? I thought is was a Pirana, but I couldn't find that anywhere.) to get a feel for the disc brakes and the Fisher geometry. Then I rode a Townie to get a feel for the internal hub. Then I rode a Cannondale r600 (Again, not sure that's right.) To get an idea of the Cannondale geometry.
The fact is that all of these bikes (except for the Townie) are such a far step above my Giant Boulder, that it would've been hard for me not to've been impressed.
The advice I want from you all is ... for a commute with some decent hills, do you think
a) one would be better than the other?
b) there are other bikes i should give a spin?
I really liked the disc brakes... wasn't ALL that impressed with the internal hub, but that could've had more to do with the Townie than anything else. Advantages, drawbacks to either disc brakes or internal hubs?