Thanks for great advice um.... but now I'm addicted!
Okay, so I started out needing lights... and then I decided (and boy was I right) to get rid of my ill-fitting Gary Fisher helmet that was Way to small and get a new helmet. That put me in bike stores and left me cruising around here learning a ton and I've just done the most fun thing ever, which is to decide to keep my MTB which is a workhorse and a great bike but slow and take the plunge with a flatbar. SO I wanted to tap in here to thank you folks and say (yeay!) I settled on a Giant FCR1-w which I got a pretty good deal on. The ride is just incredible and she shoots out the gate. It's a TOTALLY DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE! So thanks to all you who gave such good advice in various and sundry posts. Especially: Moose, Bill Kapuan, dynarider, Bob Ross, Yen, oilfreeandhappy, slyjackson, mikepop, sonatainFsharp (hello Minnesota, I'm a Carleton grad),, powerglide, and retrogrouch.... I found your insights especially useful. In the end, I got the bike I love (well, adore) switched out of the clip on pedals and 28 tires for some 32 puncture resistant reflectors since I ride on back roads at night.
Now... any suggestions about a rear rack pack. I'm thinking Axiom Columbus. Any suggestions?
And a good lock? I'm kinda freaked out about that whole ball point pen thing, but if I'm going to ride this bike as much as I want I will need a lock to expand this universe.
Thanks, thanks, thanks everybody.
This is a real joy to me.
(oh, and whoever wanted to know about the teal colored FCR1w it is in the 2008 catalog)