In my bike travels, I’ve added two more bikes to the list of the ridden. I went to the Bike Warehouse, my LBS (what bike snobs call local bike shop.) And I rode two Giants. Both were disappointing. One was a mountain bike in the $800 range and the other was a road bike with Shimano 105 at $1200. Neither felt as sturdy as the Marin I had ridden at REI that was several hundred dollars less. The local bike store kid did tell me that Giant is the largest maker of bike frames in the world. It apparently constructs them for Specialized and Trek and some of the other big names.
I have couple of links for you if you are interested in bikes and cycle gear. Chain Love is a great site for good, odd deals. And Giantnerd displays utter beauties like this Tommaso Augusta track bike:
I am in love. . . $349.95 and it could be yours. They don’t have my size.