Hello, I am a Chicago lakefront addict. Was riding a GT mountain bike for years for exercise and commuting. When my distances started to grow and my neck started killing me, I splurged on a Specialized Allez 2 yrs ago. Now i can't get enough!! My first bike was a '88 Schwinn Tempo.
My latest is a KHS Flite 100. Its still at the shop being built, and I can only afford the stock components (for now). But i'm excited about trying out my first single speed. My Allez is my baby and i don't want to F*** it up with the Chicago streets (its just for lake trail and tours). The KHS will be for my 12 mile (one way) commute. All 12 miles is on city streets and a good stretch is full of pot holes and bumpy patches. Lots of stop and go.
Thanks to Bike Forum for the encouraging reviews and oppinions i found on the Flite 100. I think it will be a good value and ride. I'd like to learn more about the building and self maintenance of a bike. A lot of the lingo is foreign to me. I'm such a girl always taking bikes to the shop, even for simple things (like peddles and flats--don't laugh). So i will log in now and am encouraged to learn more of the "how to's" myself!
Thanks, see ya on Elston Ave... Nicki