Well, the verdict is in from the bike shop, and it’s not pretty, though about what I expected to hear: repairs on the old bike will run $350+. I’m not sure that’s a smart investment on a decade old bike, especially after my conversation with a couple of guys at the shop, who both gave me the “you must be insane” look when I asked about the likelihood of completing 150 miles on my hybrid. So, it looks like a new bike is in my future. The early leader in the clubhouse is this Specialized:
Here’s the specs.
Orange Cycle has this one for around $900, which actually is a good price the for the bike I’d be getting, though it’s still a lot of money to outlay in my mind. Then again, when you consider my dream bike is pushing $7000, this one is a freaking bargain. At least that is what I’m telling myself. Decisions, decisions. Regardless, I’ve got a couple of days while I’ll let the old body recuperate from last week’s tumble, but I’d still like to have a decision made by the end of the week, as I don’t want to risk missing more than a week or so on the bike. Wish me luck.