ok, so I'll try to make this as simple and clear as I can.
I've had a Trek 7200 since June 2008 and this was purchased as my starter-bike. I want something different now, something better suited for me. Mainly, I think I want to shed some of the weight, get more speed and keep the comfort.
So I've talked to the local LBSs and researched online. My favorite LBS has a Trek 7.3fx (2008 model) left that just happens to fit me. This is where I lean mostly. But I struggle with whether or not to get something with drops. I looked at the OCR / Defy series from Giant, but I don't think I can handle the extra cost involved (for the 1 series). I've not been able to see it yet, but I'm very fond of the Kona Dew Drop. The LBS said they wouldn't have them until Dec or so.
So since I can get the Trek 7.3fx at last year's price (which is about 20% less than this years) and it's one I really like. What do you guys suggest?
Money is an option. I'm on a pretty tight budget these days, but the lady also understands that me riding a good bike is no different than her driving a nice coffin.. I mean.. car.
My current thought is to get the 7.3fx (only need to add a rack and computer when I can... have collected my panniers, trunk, etc already) and sell the 7200 locally on CL or wherever. Then this spring, purchase a 2nd bike - Kona Dew Drop.
This would give me time to use both and decide if drops will work for me or not. Since I've not ridden a bike with drops, I'm just not sure it really makes a difference to me. My commute is through the city and about 10 miles each way, depending on my route. Lots of good hills, crappy roads, stoplights and stop signs in between. Drops aren't gonna make much difference are they? Hand positions won't matter because there's so much stop and go, right? Am I right here? Thinking the 7.3fx will give me a much lighter bike with better components (my 7200 is also 2008 series) and easy to maneuver, etc.
My huge struggle here is the drops. To Drop or not to Drop. (or wait to use drops once the weather gets nicer - I'm not planning on riding in the percipitation).
Thanks in advance. It's awesome for the experts out here to offer advice to us n00bs.