About the recommendations - you should definitely try it and see if you are any more successful.
IMO folks generally want to get themselves into a confused state. I seem to be meeting and talking to folks who are utterly confused with all the recommendations on the net.
The single bike recommendation is a good idea - in isolation. They will take your recommendation, then dig around more and get more recommendations and then read blog picture/spec posts of newbie-ala-experts and get swayed by the elaborate poetry that is written about the latest acquisitions.
Finally a free stand too.
Think Trek and Lance have still not gotten over a query from here about how to attach a side stand to the Remedy 66
Lol. Remembered it with the side stand.