I was more or less set on either a Raleigh Rush Hour or Specialized Langster, both of which I could get for around $400. Then I heard about TATI, a bike shop in Chicago, through chifg.com.
The owner J offers some really awesome custom bikes, plus, as far as I know, hes also the only IRO dealer in Chicago. So that gave me the option of being professionally fitted for an IRO or getting an entire custom build. Unfortunately though hes way overbooked and can't accept any more work for at least a few weeks.
I still like the Rush Hour and Langster, but I caught something of a custom bike bug and the thought of getting a stock ride feels like I'm settling on an inferior product.
What do you guys think?