[QUOTE=bluemando]Help me make a choice between MARIN "FAIRFAX," MARIN "KENTWOOD," AND DIAMONDBACK "VENTURA." The Kentwood has a cromo frame, which I prefer to aluminum, but the components are not as good as those of the other two bikes. If I have to choose between the two aluminum bikes (Fairfax and
Ventura) I prefer the frame, light weight, and color-finish of the Fairfax. But I like the upright-riding position and comfort of the Ventura. I would be using the bike for streets and paved bike paths... about 12-15 miles of riding, 6 days a week. <snip>
I bought the inexpensive Marin, Kentwood, with the chromoly frame... Yeah sure the components are not that hot, but heck, the frame is so nice that after I "run the thing into the ground" I can upgrade to anything I want and still have a great looking bike. Thanks, to those who helped me... I may not have taken your advice, but I easily could have because all of it was good! May your biking days be many. Ciao.