Someone on my local Craigslist has a 2004 Specialized Sirrus on the market; asking $450 including a kryptonite lock. Seems like it might be a pretty good deal; the owner claims the bike was hardly used. I probably will go take a look-see but wondered if any of you is familiar with this particular bike. It's a hybrid with flatbars, kinda like the Trek 7.6 I have drooled over.
This link should take you to a purdy pitcher of the bike.
Thinking this might be the way to start moving up into longer rides without spending a fortune. (Assuming it fits, of course!)