I am in the market for a new bike. I am leaning towards the Specialized Sirrus Sport but am hesitant about paying the $600 price tag before I have evaluated similar bikes by other makers. Can anyone recommend other similar bikes? If possible I'd like to pay less than $600 - close to $500 but not compromise the features found on the Sirrus Sport. I like the shifting in the Sirrus along with the fact that it is light weight. Also, I will be storing the bike outdoors - am I out of my mind? Unfortunately being a city dweller storage space in our apartment is miniscule. I am thinking of getting skewer locks installed to prevent theft.
Thanks in advance.