(I accidentally posted this over in the commuting forum, though the responses have been pretty helpful. I just want to get the tourer's perspective.)
A while ago a friend of mine said he had a friend who worked at Cannondale and was willing to give me a pretty good discount on a bike when I (finally) had the money. Suffice it to say, he's no longer with the company and thus my "in" has fallen through. Oh well.
I'm looking to get a pretty good touring bike for my trip to St. John's, NL next summer, as well as general riding around the city. Naturally, being a recent post-secondary grad, I have little money to spend and am looking for a pretty sweet deal (without sacrificing quality).
So my question is: Would I be saving any money by driving across the border and picking a bike up in the US or am I just better off to order a bike locally? How is the mark-up in the Canadian market?
I've also been reading countless threads on which bike to get and the various benefits, but I'm definitely open for any suggestions (I'm about 6ft, 140lbs, male, if that helps).