I'm looking for a hybrid that I can ride around with the kids in and take to work. I have a road bike already, and would really like a flat bar cyclocross style bike, so I'm thinking of getting a road-ish hybrid and putting cyclocross tires on it. I don't want to get a drop bar because it'll be too close to my road bike so I'm just looking for something different. So far I'm stumped between these options:
1. 2005 Brodie Dynamo - seems like it's been outside for awhile, and it appears that the components are in working order. There is some surface rust on some of the parts but nothing major. It would need some service on the BB as it's wobbling, cables and housing, and a good cleanup. I'm comfortable doing most of the work on the bike, and I wouldn't mind taking on the challenge. I can get this bike for $100. I'm thinking that for another $150 I can get a decent bike out of this with used/new parts found online. I would probably change the derailleurs and go with a 9spd conversion at some point. Another possibility is new wheels as the ones that come with it are mis-matched and these kind of things bug me.
2. 2011 Brodie Energy
This one is asking $540 and basically I can buy it and ride it tomorrow. Overall it's a nicer bike but it may cost a fraction more. Your thoughts?