This does not get any easier, despite the magazine's 30 prior attempts at winnowing from a cast of hundreds the best machine in each of 10 categories. Going by our 2006_ Buyer's Guide_, there were 440 distinct models for sale in U.S. showrooms this year. You have to look hard to find a bad bike these days, but finding the best is even harder. Comparison tests provide some answers, but in many classes the final decision isn't made until impassioned arguments are made pro or con, usually over a good lunch at a nearby bistro–though alcohol was banned several years back in the wake of some particularly vehement (not to mention slurred) debates. Sometimes even that doesn't work, and all-day back-to-back rides are laid on to determine a winner. Beats livin' heck out of digging ditches, no?