Having spent hours on the internet researching a few of the bicycle models available to me and creating a table of each one's features and pros and cons and price and specs, I have finally decided upon this bicycle.
It isn't the women's specific model, but the differences are minute. I'm not that delicate a female anyway, so I'm not sure it even matters if the frame is a wee bit shorter and the handlebars a millimeter or two narrower. It is the exact same price as the women's specific model, and if it isn't the red and black model I coveted or the red and white one of last year's model, at least it isn't ORANGE. It's jet black, and we all know that black is slimming anyway. And absolutely anything will go with it, so I don't have to worry about my cycling clothes clashing with my bike. One of the first things I will have to do is change out the seat, though. That detail IS a little bigger difference between the men's and the women's models.
I will probably buy a new helmet, even though my Livestrong helmet in yellow and black would match fine. It's all about the new.
If I didn't want jet black, I could also get the color in the picture below.
It's called "Berserker Green". And I think I know why.