Decisions, decisions. I currently have a Specialized Crossroads which I bought last year as a 2006 leftover. It was comfortable and did what I needed at the time, i.e. get back on 2 wheels and the price was low. Now it's on the trainer. Since I got it I longed for something that didn't give me the wind resistance of a garage door being pushed down the road. I hemmed and I hawed and looked at bikes online and compared specs till my eyes went square.
I was sure I wanted a 'road bike' and wanted to do this before the IRS crucified me this coming quarter. So I went down to the LBS and test road several bikes on a trainer to get the feel of, if nothing else, the riding position. The road bikes crunched into an uncomfortable position, I guess I've still got too much inbetween my belt and chest. I couldn't even keep a good cadence on the trainer. Then I rode a 7.5 FX.
The difference was instantaneous pleasure. My cadence zipped right up to where it should be instead of sluggish on the road style bikes, the stock seat was 'dare I say' comfortable and the spinning was just enjoyable. That's what it's about right?
They did have one in my size in stock and the steel duotone which I liked but I didn't have any cash with me for a deposit and the fellow at the lbs says 'a handshake is all it takes', we did and I'll drop a hefty sum next pension check (next Friday).
So now I'll be stripping off the acessories from this bike and getting them ready to get attached to the new one. Needless to say...
I can't wait!