Monday, May 3, 2010
Saturday I woke up bright and early 7:00 am, mind you I also went out the night before, carbo loading on bud lights and switchbacks. Either way, I went to the skirack bike swap which opens @ 900, everyone told me to wake up @ 6 if I even wanted a decent bike. I walked down, stopped to get a coffee and was there by 7:30, second in line. I thought I had the wrong date or something. I met a guy named Doug, who at one point owned 13 bikes at once...nice. People filed behind us, looking for a variety of kids bikes, road bikes, wheels, tri-handlebars etc...when the doors opened I was finishing my second cup of coffee and was overwhelmed. I get to all the used bikes that people had brought in...okay whats the size of that, is that too expensive etc....by the time i had developed a method i had watched some beautiful treks, specialized etc... run away from me, granted they all look to be a tad bit too small. I'm looking for 60 CM, and thats not a very common size. I'm getting discouraged, I'm ready to buy just about anything, because I want a road bike darn it. So I stumble upon this yellow and blue beast... I look it over, and I start to notice a few things. I realize I'm looking at the opposite of a junker. This epic Serotta was to be mine. How did nobody else find this in the first 13 minutes?? God I lucked out. I walked the bike around and various employees and fellow bike seekers drooled over my new whip. I paid 700 for the bike, and 60 for pedals and shoes. The frame itself is worth more than double what I paid for the whole package. Today I rode it to work, 10 miles, then ran 5 miles, trained a client, and then biked the 10 back. So since Saturday I've put on about 40 miles, not a lot, but considering i dont have cycling shorts, a helmet, or a waterbottle holder attached yet, I figure its not bad. I WILL TAKE BETTER PHOTOS SOON!!