Thanks to this amazing forum, I purchased my first bike in 15 years in July. But my downtime nova was recently stolen . (I was totally heartbroken.) I loved my nova -- I had replaced the wheels with 1.75 tires (nothing special I don't think) b/c I got flats pretty easily in nyc and I found the ride a little bumpy. Other than that, the only small problem I had with the bike is that I wasn't getting a ton of speed which was a problem when biking on faster moving city streets.
I am about to buy a new bike and am tempted to upgrade to the Downtube FS or the front suspension. Both have 9 gears.
I realize this might be kind of a stupid question but I'm wondering (1) is paying for suspension worth it? or would you just get better tires? (2) will two additional speeds be noticeable? (3) does anyone have any general recs on the pricier downtubes?