I already have three bikes I am very happy with: one cyclo build I just completed, one 2009 Fuji Cross Comp, and one 2005 Fuji hybrid/drop bar conversion. I have upgrade-itis and I'm trying to decide if I finish upgrading the hybrid conversion or purchase a new hybrid.
The bike in question is a Bikes Direct Windsor Stratford. I was eyeballing these before they went out of stock a couple of months ago, but they have a new shipment in. I have shopped for all of the parts individually, and they come in at more than the bike itself is listed at - by far. Regardless of individual opinions on components, I am good at making anything work and have previous experience with 8 speed hybrids of exactly this level of componentry. The main reason I like the bike is the frame - it looks like classic road bike geometry instead of the more relaxed hybrid sloping geometry.
My other choice is to shop a new crankset for the conversion build as well as upgrading it to a 9 speed with brifters instead of bar ends.
What would you do?