When you purchased your bike, whether it was your first or current one, did you find you gravitated towards the brand that your LBS carried?
Or did you know what you wanted and went to that LBS to get it?
And how important is proximity in choosing a LBS?
The bike shops nearest me carry Cannondale and Trek so thats what I'm leaning towards. But at my price point (entry-level, <$800) is there any real difference between the bikes (unless I find a deal).
And what are you looking for in 'fit and feel' on a new bike? I rode a Cannondale Synapse and CAAD8 side-by-side and could tell a real difference in ride. I could tell the Synapse was more of a 'comfort' bike. Is that a bad thing?
And sorry for the ramble....