Two very different 2009 models on closeout for virtually the same price. Which would you pick?
I'm a road biker that's looking to pick up a SS/FG for winter training and errand running. I don't commute to work on a bike, but want something I can use in the rain/winter and lock up around town without much worry. I like the Redline because it already comes with fenders, which I'd probably add to whatever bike I buy. The Schwinn on the other hand is a great looking bike and seems much sportier. Am I better off getting the more commuter-friendly Redline and using that for training, or getting the sleeker Schwinn and converting it to a commuter?
In my ideal world, I'd probably build up a Surly Cross Check as a SS/FG, but it's out of my budget. The Bianchi San Jose is also a very appealing option, but I'm having a hard time finding any in stock in my size since they are now discontinued.