After riding 2 bents for the first time this weekend, I was still a little unsure if I liked them or not. I went to my LBS today and test rode 3 bikes--2 DF and 1 bent. Riding the "roadie" DFs made me remember why I decided to get a fixed gear bike over a geared one 4 years ago. The shifting on the bikes was all clunky---and hen I asked myself--why should I spend circa 1K on a bike that is similar to one I already have. The more I thought about why I wanted a new bike, the more I kept coming back to bents: I want something to go on longer weekend rides that won't kill me; something that won't kill my back after 40 miles; and something really fast. So, after I brought back the second DF i tried, i took out a Bacchetta Cafe. I had tried out a used Giro (26/20) this weekend. The cafe seemed a little more stable (although that could just be because the Giro was the first bent i had ever ridden), and about five minutes into the test ride, I noticed something: I was grinning ear-to-ear. Riding the DFs, I was like "well, this bike feels ok." Oddly enough, the shifting on the bents seemed quite smoother than the DFs. The only thing I didn't like about the Cafe was that the handle bars kept hitting my kneeswhen I would make slow wide turns.
Tommorrow, I think I will try the Giro (20/20) at the LBS. The Cafe is kind of right at my price range, whereas the Giro is a bit above it but doable (whether I can justify the purchase to "the boss" is a whole nother story)
Anyone here have any preferences for Cafe vs Giro, or insights into these two models? Thanks