I copied and pasted this from my craigslist ad. I imagine everyone in here is probably well into cycling.
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Why settle for entry level equipment when you clearly sound like you know what you're doing? If you want to have a list of "must haves", trek on down to the Unspoken Bike Shop and Josh or Mat would love to help into something you want. Plus, settling for "entry" level stuff is a waste, because it's not reliable. Get into something that you want dude, it'll serve you better and it's good to visit bike shops and ask about products. There's only one way to learn.
I agree with most of your points. I checked out Flying Tire and I intend to check out Unspoken later this week. However, I also believe in supporting the resale market. If buying used lets me get something for cheaper than bran new, and helps give someone a boost to upgrade to a higher end bike by selling their old one, then that is a good thing. My purchase of someone's used bike might lead to them being able to buy a higher end bran new bike.