I'm new, want to thank the forum and all those I've read here for preventing me from having to learn from mistakes like bikes direct knockoffs and dept store bikes. AND for the crash course in what's a bike and what to look for and avoid even at my LBS.
That being said, I should probably already know the answer to this, but - I'm a student, trying to stretch my dollar, want to commute AND train on one bike (and hopefully not a bike that shouts "steal me"), can only afford one bike, bouncing back and forth between older good bikes and newish affordable entry level bikes (Fuji), minimum shimano 105 - what is the better strategy:
a. patiently wait for the better/older bike off of craigslist/ebay and take it to a bike shop I obviously didn't by it from?
b. accept a possibly lesser bike, but properly fitted and establishing that relationship with the LBS with possibly some free maintenance and much better goodwill?
I'm spending < $1000, maybe in that price range it doesn't matter, but i find i can't commit, always wondering maybe I could do better than this one or pay less and still be happy.
1 bike to last a while without a lot of upgrades, not embarrassingly bad and also not a "look at me newbie poser" bike, commute and train, not stolen, stretch dollar.
Thanks in advance.