|Me looking normal (Dave Benson, photo)|
I have three major things I am coveting right now:
skate skis (soon)
aero wheels for my road bike (spring)
and my very own cross bike (fall)
Snap my fingers and hand me $5000 now please. Thats a tough one for a single income, 57% of the time single parent of 2 (kids don't come cheap you know). So what if I have a good job. The more you make the more you spend and I have too much debt already.
As someone who has owned three different road bikes in the last 2.5 years I know I am not going to be satisfied with an $800 cross bike for very long. I've been spoiled rotten by my bicycle benefactor who is simply satisfied with a triple venti caramel macchiato with whip as payment. Given I've been riding with beautiful SRAM Rival drive train this season, how could I settle for anything less? I would even sacrifice bike weight for good components.
And finding a used XS Cross bike of high quality will be darn near impossible. I think I need a 48 or a 49. In my quick scan of the internet, it is hard to find even new ones out there that are that small.
And Cross is really hard on bikes. I took Dave's bike into the store today, hanging my head in shame at the rust on the chain and the rust on the pedals. It turns out that in addition to all that, the whole front end was out of alignment -- likely from my fall in Altona.
That will be bike #4. My kids will hate me. I turn them off bikes with my incessant obsessiveness, similar to how they turn me off things like Bakugan and Club Penguin.
And may I just say publicly, I love Cross people. You are all so laid back and friendly and welcoming and I'm looking forward to getting to know you all better. I know some of you have stumbled across my little blog that I figured no one was ever looking at except for my closest friends. I'm flattered and stunned that you would take interest. This whole cyber spying thing is a little frightening... I'll be have to be careful what I say now...(wink).
See you at Provincials.