OK, here's the skinny:
I own a Target-bought 26" Schwinn Ranger. For being bought at a discount store, the bike has never given me trouble in the 5 years I've ridden it on deer trails and on paved bike paths in my community. Well, I decided that I needed a new ride, perhaps something better suited for cement paths more than dirt. I hastily told my coworker I would sell him my Schwinn for a few bucks so he could commute, freeing me up to find another ride (in hind sight, I probably just should have kept the Schwinn and saved the cash, but what are you going to do?)
My LBS directed me to a Cannondale Adventure 5 that I liked quite a bit, especially the upward stance and the 700c tires (better on pavement). I also tried an Electra Townie 21 that I REALLY liked (comfy ride, trigger-shifting Shimanos, stable ride, etc.) But the Townie was a bit pricey for me. So I looked around some sporting goods stores and found this :
Would a Diamondback from Dick's Sporting Goods have a ghost of a chance of being set up correctly? It's a very simple bike (7-speeds) but fit well, and might work best for me. Are the components on the D'Back worth anything (Shimano Tourney's or something like that).
One more thought - I found a guy on CL selling a Giant OCR3 for $300 firm. It only has 30 miles on it, and is a 2004/05 model. Is this a good deal?
Loaded post, I know. Sorry about it being so scatter-brained! Usually I try to keep posts focused, but searching for a replacement bike has become somewhat daunting Any opinions welcome!