As I mentioned about 2 weeks ago, I bought a BD SS/FG for my son who just got back form school.
I couldn't be happier with the product. It's a very nice bike for $300. I know I sound like yet another shill for BD, but I'm pleased with how much bike you can buy these days if you're willing to put it together yourself.
The key is my son is pleased, too. As an inveterate MTBer he is amazed at how nimble and quick a road bike feels.
Yesterday I took him over to Cyclers Cafe and headed to points north and then west. This took us right through downtown, which felt deserted compared to Chicago. We took the long streets right on out to Shawnee Park, interrupted only by an occasional red light.
The pace was quicker than I usually ride out to the park, but my son on the way back had a testosterone surge and started hammering. I chose not to draft him (both for pride and because I didn't trust him) so we were going shoulder to shoulder at 20MPH or so through the mean streets of Louisville.
We pulled into Cyclers Cafe pretty much winded, my son having new-found respect for my cycling. Whenever we used to MTB, he'd leave me in the dust after about 45 seconds. Not this time.
We then enjoyed a nice lunch at the Cafe, my son downing some Powerade, and me, some Dos Equis.
I can tell it's only a matter of time before he 1) drops me like a rock, and 2) saves up some coin and gets a geared bike.
I can wait for both of those events.