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It seems like my LBS guy has me correctly measured. I’ve been roaming his shop like a drunk outside a licor store. I look for excuses to go in; I want to see more bikes. Am I beginning to like road bikes and spandex?

Turns out that Mr. LBS has a second-hand Specialized Allez from a kid we know. (The kid’s sicker than I am and wants an all carbon roadie though his Specialized in practically brand new.)

“It’s a nice bike,” he says, “in great condition,” and he grins his evil grin. “Nice price, too.”

Stop. (I wash my face in cold, stream water.) What the hell am I gonna do with a road bike?

Will I break Piglet's heart???

42 comments:

the old bag said...

You won't break Piglet's heart...Piglet will always be an important part of your cycling history, but maybe now s/he becomes the neighborhood errand-runner bringing home the library books or groceries.

The Allez could be the lightweight machine that flies you down the road....

Darren J said...

Go for it! You'll enjoy the speed and that you keep you're momentum easier. But, after you give it a try, I hope you still respect those of us who have been lazy bums pushing around skinny smooth tires! You might find it too easy.

Can you put a rack on the Allez? Or would you still use piglet for commuting?

A.R.B. said...

Having seen your Clutter, O.B., I can see that you are a professional at rationalizing the need for more Clutter – faster Clutter, cuter Clutter, you name it Clutter. Thanks for pushing me further over the edge!

A.R.B. said...

I don’t know, Darren. Do you need skinny legs to push skinny tires?

Part of the problem I’m having in deciding to get or not get a strict roadie is what you mention: can’t put fenders, can’t put a rack, can’t put anything that might be cursed by the skinny-tire-gods! I’m in a quandary. The only thing you can do is pedal…and go faster. (But then again I have Piglet to go slower.)

Darren J said...

Maybe a well chosen touring bike would be right for you. That's what I think I'll get next, so I can use it for touring, commuting and maybe some fast(ish) rides.

I like the look of the Surlys and some Davincis. But there are people out there who know a hell of a lot more than me about this stuff. I've owned very few bikes.

Shawn Kielty said...

Q. What the hell am I gonna do with a road bike?

A. You're going to ride it.

Q. Will it be a trancendental experience.

A. You might decide that occasionally.

A.R.B. said...

That might be it, Darren. That's where I'm a bit torn. A more versatile touring bike might be the ticket. An Atlantis or LHT but I can't even dream about those here. So I'm in the range of a Specialized Sequoia or Bianchi Eros. I don't know.

A.R.B. said...

Shawn - You're right. I would love to ride the Allez. No doubt about it. I ride the Pilet lots on the road now and I'm liking it, but he wasn't made for that exactly. But he's doing alright too.

Tex69 said...

i'm a firm believer in the adage that "more is better" when it comes to bikes. if it can be had for a nice price, then it must be had.

A.R.B. said...

Hey, Tex, you are not helping Mr. Obsession at all with your reasoning...but I'm hanging in there...no visits to the LBS allowed...not until I'm under control...my hands are beginning to shake!

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