Can't get a Giant Cypress ST any more, so what should I get?
I was looking at getting my first "real" (aka not Walmart) bike last year, and had settled on the small-size Giant Cypress ST
after talking to a bunch of LBSs and test riding a bunch of bikes. Unfortunately life intervened and I never got around to actually purchasing it. Now that I am looking again, it seems that Giant hasn't made chromoly steel bikes since the 2012 model year and all the LBSs around here only have the 2013s and 2014s now.
My main uses would be an occasional short commute to work (2 miles, 75 ft elevation change) and rides around the city or on rail trails of about 10 miles (mostly flat and paved, but occasional hills and potholes). Any recommendations on new bikes, or should I wait for a good condition used Cypress ST to show up on Craigslist?
My requirements are: Around $350 (the Cypress ST was $300 when I looked at it), steel frame (both for ride comfort and longevity), under ~30 lbs, and larger thinner wheels (700c-38 or narrower). Decent components would be nice, but for now I don't need anything fancier than what came on the Cypress ST.