My name's Matt and I finally broke down and bought a nice bike.
I've been riding this Walmart special someone gave me for free for years now. I must have logged hundreds of miles on it over the past 3 or 4 years, riding to and from work, school, and running errands.
The rims were bent, the crank bearings non-existent, and the front derailleur busted. Last Friday one of the pedals fell off on my way home from work.
So I decided that enough's enough and started looking for a replacement.
The local CL didn't yield anything useful. I ended up buying a new Trek 7.3 yesterday. LBS had it for $579, which seemed decent.
After being used to my old crappy ride for so long, this Trek rides like a dream! My commute went from 21.5 minutes to just under 17 minutes on the first day.
Anyhow, I like the bike and I like the forum.