I just sold a bike this week, which was the second one this year. I'm also working on selling one more in the next week or so. The money I got out of those went into the savings account as it has been slow at work this year and I'm building the 'rainy day' fund.
However, I have three Visa gift cards that at this time total $900 and it seems like a shame to save them for something I need since I don't really get to spend money on hobbies like I used to. I really like the Salsa Vaya, but it runs about $1,400 for the Vaya 3. I've ridden the Salsa Casseroll and it was also really nice. It runs about $1,200 and I might be able to shave a little bit off of that since the one I rode is a 2011 model. I have kind of got to the point where I like disc brakes, but I could probably live with cantis.
Are there any "bike shop" brands that come in less than that? I don't want to consider a bike that I can't test ride, so, places like Bikesdirect are not an option for me.
I need the bike to have braze-ons for fenders and racks, too.
So, any viable candidates?