Well, I was at my LBS yesterday, and ended up buying a new Marin Larkspur. It seems to be a really nice bike. Do you think this is a decent starter bike for someone wanting to do 99% paved riding on local bike trails.
I'm 200 miles into a Fairfax I just bought. Love it, trying to find an excuse to take off weekdays to do more riding! More road bike genes than the Larkspur. Almost never see Marin out on the roads, but I'm impressed so far. I think as a company they are more a MBX maker but they do fine with hybrid/roadlike bikes.
As a couple folks in these forums have pointed out, at a given price point bikes are mostly about the same (someone even claimed they all come from the same factories anyway). Enjoy!
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