I've thought long and hard, but I believe I need to explore the IGH universe next instead of SS. Inquired at two of the shops in town about converting my current frame over to IGH and the estimates are $500-$1000, which is just too costly- especially when I can just buy another rig that has IGH. While the following aren't exactly my cup of tea when it comes to frame geometry, my budget dictates function over form instead of both.
These are what I can get locally:
-2011 Giant Via 1 is on the floor at my primary LBS in my size.
-KHS Green of unknown year or size also at the same LBS, but could order correct size.
-KHS Cidi-3 at that same shop.
-OR any number of choices from BD- where I could get 8spds for the price of 3 from the LBS. Note if I go this route, I would opt for the base and not the 'Deluxe' models, as the rear racks just don't appeal to me- but I'll be putting one on of my own choosing.
This will be for riding in and around my town. Not totally flat, but all of the true hills are outside of town proper.
Of the bunch, is there any that you would absolutely shy away from if you were the one buying?