Hi all - I've lingered here for the past few months or so, and have recently decided to buy myself a new bike.
I've been commuting & weekend riding an old, heavy, steel beater for about 2 years now, though not seriously until the last few months.
After hours of scouring these forums & other sites, I've created a big list of bikes to check out at the many LBSs here in Seattle:
Surly Cross & LHT, Soma Smoothie ES & Double Cross, Bianchi Volpe, maybe a Trek or two, and Gunnar Sport & Cross Hairs.
I really like the idea of the Gunnars as they seem to have a reputation a step above the others. However, I can't find any local shops that carry them. So, I was wondering if anyone can recommend a bike that fits similarly so I can maybe get an idea of what it's like before I start driving out to the sticks to try one out. Either way, I'd prefer to buy from a shop, and definitely won't buy anything without checking it out in person first.