Perhaps a lot of people on this forum already know this, but I have been looking through websites by Specialized and Cannondale to learn that commuter style bikes available in Europe are not available here in the U.S. My Specialized Globe 6, IG8 is a model sold on both sides of the pond, but they have two other models, the 3 and 5 for Europe only. Cannondale has some great "Urban" style bikes that we'll never see here in the U.S. Just go to a bike manufacturer's web site and access the UK or European links rather than United States. I was amazed how many bikes are made just for European markets. Too bad we don't seem to warrant these models on this side of the pond. That's all I got today... more or less a rant.
P.S. I've been getting in 4 bike commuting days per week lately due to better weather... it feels great and it's been strengthening my legs for weekend road bike hill climbing.
-3Bikes, Los Angeles