I got a letter in the mail the other day thanking me for racing the duathlon last month. It also mentioned that they has intended to have water bottles in out goody bags, but they weren’t ready at the time. Now they were ready and I could pick up mine at the local bike shop. So I headed down there last night. I hadn’t been to this bike shop yet, so I wanted to see what they had. I looked around and saw only mountain bikes. I guess with a name like Trailblazers, that is what they specialize in. The guy got my water bottle. I asked about road bikes, and he said there were more bikes upstairs. So I went up, and sure enough there were some road bikes up there. The carried Fuji, Bianchi, and Kona. I recognized Fuji and Bianchi, but not Kona. The guy came up, and we talked about bikes. He told me all about frames, and materials, and components, etc. Many of the bikes were on sale and he is trying to clear out the 2006 models for the 2007 models. The least expensive bike was $399 and was a Fuji Newest 3.0. But I could get a Fuji Newest 1.0 for about $600.
They also had cyclocross bikes. They would be great for racing the off-road duathlon. But I don’t want to spend that kind of money just to improve my time a little in a single local race. I am still looking at a used hybrid. I think a hybrid might do well also.
I am still not sure what I want. I am not sure if I want to spend $600, or $300, or find a great deal on an older bike for $100. I am not in any hurry.