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:Thanks again, all who have replied!

I am a bit wary of the 700c tires, as I know they are more fragile and flats are more probable. I am also just under 5'4", so the taller tires wouldn't really offer me any geometrical advantages. I am going to the shop to ride the Specialized Crossroads Sport today, so I will have a good idea as to what feels best for me, although I am sure that I could adjust either bike to fit me well.

As far as the Townie is concerned, I am not a far of the chopper-like feel. I am not married to the idea of a front suspension and crank, but I really like the idea that I would be able to take the Specialized or the Raleigh out on my local bike trail and have a bit of a smoother ride on the gravel portions of the trail. Luckily, both of these bikes offer an adjustment to the front shock, although they do NOT lock out completely.

I cannot say that I am leaning either way yet--I think I might have to toss a coin

I will keep you all posted!
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