I've been pondering for months now about what bike to buy. I want a touring "type" bike, although I won't be able to do much touring. With the wife and work thing, I'll only be able to do 3 days max, probably. I expect to do more brevets than I do tours.
Anyway, I had thought about a LHT. But I decided against it. The frames are cheap, that was a bonus. But....I ride a smaller frame, and I refuse to ride 26" wheels. That, and everyone on the planet has a LHT, apparently.
So, I thought about a Salsa Casseroll. I don't remember why, but there was some reason that I didn't like it. I thought I had decided on a Masi Speciale Randonneur. But I started looking at the spec, and realized that I'd be replacing most of the parts anyway. (The front wheel is bolt-on. Can't have that)
So, I called in my employee purchase to the rep today. I'm getting an Orange Cream Masi Speciale Commuter. Why? It's the same exact frame as the Randonneur (although not in the cool maroon colour), it's a lot cheaper, and I can sell the single speed stuff on eBay. The Commuter has full braze-ons/eyelets; Upper rack mounts and lower rack mounts both front and rear. So, in a week or so I'll have a shiny new bike.
I'm all excited. lol