Just wanted to stop by and say hi. I just bought my first "real" bike this weekend and wanted to share. I've been riding a cheap 7 speed cruiser I got from a big box store for the past few months and once I started going nearly 10 miles a trip I decided it was time for an upgrade. I ride mainly on bike paths and paved roadways with a few bumps here and there. I ride mainly for fitness and just picking up a few things from the shops down the street. At first I was dead set on a Trek 8.3 DS when I was just looking around. I'll be honest that the overall image of that bike had me wanting it. I thought I wanted shocks and disc brakes but after test riding it quickly realized I didn't need the extra weight and really didn't like the feel of disc brakes. I will never be riding in wet or muddy situations so I didn't feel they were necessary either. I test rode the Trek 8.3 DS, Trek 7.2 FX, a Giant that I can't remember the name of and then the Cannondale Quick 4 and 5. I also looked heavily into the Motobecanes from bikesdirect but decided to support a local business. My final decision was between the Cannondale Quick 4 and the Trek 7.2 FX(they didn't have a 7.3 in stock) The Cannondale Quick 4(Large) just felt right as soon as I got on it. A short test ride later and I brought her home. Weather has been kind of bad the last few days so I only have a dining room picture for now.