$12,000.00 for a bicycle?
Could you afford a bike that costs anything approaching 5 figures?
With the partial blessings of the SGFI (Senior Group Fitness Instructor) I’ve decided that it was time for John to have a new road bike. But this Specialized S-Works bicycle falls into the same unobtainium category as the red Ferrari I saw at the club last week.
With the days getting longer and the sun bringing the mid-day temps above freezing, the young-at-heart start dreaming of riding outdoors. I had some time yesterday and visited a few of our local bike shops to see what’s the latest and greatest.
And quickly broke into a cold sweat.
You see… I have a bit of a problem. Other cyclists tend to judge you by the bicycle you ride. If you’re a relative unknown, showing up for a scheduled ride, most people wouldn’t receive a second look at their mount of choice. But (at least in these parts) I’m far from unknown. After teaching Indoor Cycling for 13 + years, leading or participating in an untold number of group/event road rides, doing a small bit of competitive racing and the simple fact that I’VE LIVED IN THIS ICE BOX FOR OVER 50 YEARS has me somewhat recognizable by other cyclists.
Despite our successes here at ICI/PRO, the meager scraps I/we get from teaching, some consulting projects and Amy’s hard work, we aren’t wealthy people. Please don’t get me wrong. With a beautiful wife and two awesome & healthy kids – life is good. But feeling the need to be riding something that reflects my status as a leader has me
a bit concerned petrified at how I will be able to afford a worthy ride and remain happily married
I took a few snapshots of what I found appealing during my short visits.
My buddy Randy (he’s a bike freak – and can afford to be) told me when I asked his advice; “If you can’t afford Shimano’s Di2 electronic shifters, you want the SRAM Red Groupo.” Thanks for that Randy, but at $6,300.00 I’ll pass.
This blacked out Specialized caught my eye – until seeing the price tag and the resulting gag reflex it created. I’ve always wanted a tough looking bicycle. Then of course there’s the need for the legs to propel it…
Now we’re getting closer to something I could potentially convince Amy I just have to ride this year – except the “Randy’s on the road may not be very impressed. Is there a place to recycle those dumb reflectors? They’re off and in the trash as soon as you get home.
This wasn’t going very well. Next stop – check out what’s available online.