Thanks for those who perused my very long list of bike choices! Went to Paul's cycles today and looked at loads. Tried some mens and some women's specific. And I fell in love! This is a total shock to me as I am not a girlie girl who loves pink. But I had a test ride on this - and it's fantastic! http://www.paulscycles.co.uk/products.php?plid=m1b1s2p1425 I decided against discs.....I know what I'm doing with V brakes and just feel comfortable with them. So brought the beast home and went straight out for a ride. I loved it. It is such fun and if you ask me, that's the main thing. Goes like stink and I even had the guts to do some single track downhill for first time since breaking my arm! Brought some slicks for the Carrera which will now become my commuting bike. All in all I'm a very happy bunny!