My new ride is something you might like, a Surly Travelers Check with S&S Machine couplers. I have kitted the bike out with pounded Honjo Fenders, Chris King headset and bottom bracket, Velo Orange front rack with VO bag, Shimano Ultegra components (soon to be changed to down tube shifters for simplicity), and a Selle An-Atomica leather saddle and matching leather bar tape. To say that this is a comfortable ride is an understatement, this thing rivals some recumbents! I not going to kick the race bike to the curb just yet, but for 90% of the riding here on Oahu this bike is perfect. I would venture to say that this bike would be perfect for 90% of the people I see on race bikes!
Just so you know, My place of employment is a VO distributor for Velo Orange products as well as Selle An-Atomica here on the Island of Oahu. The shop is called Momentum MultiSport, and is located in the Kaimuki area. OK, sorry for the shameless plug, but I want to see some Hawaiian Randonneuring! —John