I'm still waffling on this purchase. I was about to go for it until my brother pointed out the Windsor Tourist on bikesdirect (http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/windsor/tourist.htm
). I didn't mention it earlier but the Redline isn't local (so I can't ride it) but is being sold by a bike shop that would ship it. The problem with that is it's another 40 to have it shipped and another ~$40 for tax bringing it to $580. So $580 for the Redline vs $599 for the Tourist.
Unfortunately I'm not familiar enough with the components to do much of a comparison. I know the Tourist has some better components where I know to look but I suspect BD puts higher end shifters/derailleurs on their bikes and skimps elsewhere just to get people like me to bite... On the other hand the only parts I know about on the Redline are Shimano's lowest end so it makes me think all of the components it might be low end anyway. Any thoughts on how these two bikes compare component wise?
Aside from the components here's some things I like/don't like about each:
1. Tourist has Tiagra level brifters instead of 2300 (the bike shop selling the Redline said they could put Tiagra brifters on for $310! that's half the price of the Tourist lol)
2. Tourist has 36H wheels already
3. Redline has disc brakes (I'm still not sure if this is actually important to me or if it's just something that would be nice... I honestly have no experience with disc brakes)
4. Redline is much much better looking to me... also I have a bit of a brand stigma problem with Windsor (I know this stuff is silly and shouldn't matter but I can't help it)
5. Although I want a more touring-specific bike than my Giant I don't know that I want a full-on touring bike. I've only done a couple tours and although I anticipate doing more it will likely be only one week a year. For the rest of the time I'll be using the bike for recreation and commuting. I feel that's an endorsement for the Redline over the Windsor.
Last edited by lennon_68; 01-16-13 at 09:24 AM.