I've read a lot over the last few days about Bikes Direct and types of bikes I might want to ride, and my head is spinning, but I think I've got some ideas of what I want.
I'm a pretty good wrench, so if I can work on cars and motorcycles, I know I can assemble a bike. That's some of the first wrenching I ever did.
I haven't ridden much in the last decade, and I'm just going to get rid of my old mountain bike (~1995 Gary Fisher Marlin), since it needs more work than I want to put into it. I'm picturing cycling in my life being trips to the store of 2 to 4 miles, an embarrassingly short commute to work of 1 mile, and pleasure rides on pavement and gravel paths anywhere from 4 miles up to whatever I can enjoy. My wife is in to doing this with me, so we'll probably get a new bike for each of us this summer.
I really like the look of the Windsor Kensington 8 from bikes direct. It seems like you all prefer steel, and a lot of other BD bikes are Al, plus the intenal hub strikes me as pretty cool.
If they sell it for $450, that means it might be equivalent to a LBS bike worth around $550, right?
Any other similar bikes in that price range that I should consider?