Originally Posted by onthewatermo
Keep searching CL and buy used (but support your locale bike shop in other ways)...people are giving bikes away on Craigslist. I picked up a hardly ridden Titanium Fuji for $250 this week...sure its not the new hot carbon fiber, but some say bike builders got away from Ti because it was making the bikes last forever (people who have bikes that last forever don't need a new bike every 5-10 years).
I have a Litespeed bike, it's Ti and will be hard pressed to get me to give it up. I have Al, Carbon, Ti and Steel bikes. They all ride difference, but Ti does have a nice spring to it the others are missing. Steel is close, but more mellow. That Litespeed is going on 15+ yrs, frame looks new. I retired it from Triathlon racing and converted it to a Fixie, makes a great conversion.