After several years of study, shopping, and bargin hunting I have finally chosen my new bike. The only "road" bike I have owned as an adult is a Bianchi Axis that I bought new in 1988. It is still a great bike and I plan on keeping and riding it. At the moment it is used for commuting to work several times per week and afternoon rides on those days I don't commute.
I have been looking for a newer bike and after considering the Cannondale CAAD 9, Giant Defy, Specilized Aliez-Robinouix-Sequia. I decided that I wanted something studier; perhaps a touring frame or another Cross. I was 90% sure I had settled on the Surley LHT, but really wanted to go with aluminum due to the climate on the gulf coast. I almost went with a Cannondale Touring frame, but was not 100% sold.
When I found this frame, I was sold. It's nice to know you can go home again...
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