As a newbie, Iím looking at two bikes. The San Jose and the Masi Fixed/SS, which I would run as an SS. Primarily for commuting, and possible rides on the weekend for a good workout.
The San Jose is road/touring bike, relaxed geometry, while the Masi sits right between the road and track geometries. A relaxed track, the LBS called it.
Anyway, just wanted to gather some opinions on what would be the better newbie starter bike. The San Jose has a nice price point at about $600, though Iíd probably put bullhorns on it and move the brakes closer, but thatís not a lot. The Masi I had priced out in detail. Making it a SS, with bullhorns and a rear brake brought it from $660 to $800.
Performance wise, I'm intrigued by the San Jose cyclocross thing. Bigger tires, made for rougher roads, which are aplenty in Atlanta (potholes).
Aesthetically, itís a close tie if I get the washed blue San Jose, but I admit the orange Masi is pretty striking.
Thanks for the thoughts.