Today was a good day for me.
I have been riding a Sedona DX I bought new last year-end of season and I have liked it a lot. I have lost weight and my health is improving. All pluses for this broken down clyde. While i am happy with my bike I quickly figured out that I would have been even happier if instead of the Sedona I had bought a Cypress. Itís basically the same bike but with 700's instead of 26" wheels. It wasn't the end of the world but it was there in the back of my mind. After all the $400 I spent on the Sedona and $100+ of extras was a serious investment for me, I am on a small disability check and in school retraining for a new career.
Inevitably I found myself wishing for more speed, bigger wheels and the flexibility flat bar 700 wheeled bikes would give me as I develop as a rider. I started looking at different bikes and watching Fleabay/craigslist for possible stepping stones. I figured I could buy a used bike and ride it as I bought better equipment for it.
Not knowing enough about frame geometry, sizing or much at all about bikes I jumped the gun last month. I bought a used Specialized Crossroads Cruz. Nice enough bike. I paid $100 and then had the shop tune it up, new chain, true a wheel and a new rear cluster later I had $170 invested total. Not great but I figured I could live with it. Well I was wrong, I didn't take into account the stem/handle bar setup and the fact it was not compatible with my damaged discs in my neck and back. So I sat the last month looking at it and realizing I'd have to drop more Money into it to even get it to a rideable set up for me. Lesson learned. I started to look at what would be a good bike to save up for. I figured I'd craigslist the Crossroads or donate it to a local church or shelter.
So I posted earlier today asking for advice on a step up from the Sedona. I was figuring I'd have to scrounge for the next 8 months or so to be able to drop 6-800 on a new bike. Which I may still do, but karma stepped in and gave me a solution. Today as I researched different bikes I was on the local craigslist and there it was. The solution that I wished I had done all along, a "Used" Cypress. I figured, ok I'll look but it will be beat up, the wrong size or some horrible color I can't live with. Wrong, Wrong and Wrong again.
The ad said "LIKE NEW" and the seller said they bought it new in 2007 and it had less than 25 miles on it. I was skeptical to say the least, I suffer from bouts of cynicism. Sakes alive, itís like it just rolled off the show room floor! The tires even have the mold line on the tread. The bike is a 19", the exact size I need and itís a really sweet looking matte black. So how much would this perfect solution run me?
A whopping $125.00 !!!!
So I called, figuring it was sold, you guessed it - I was wrong again.
LINK to Specs
Off I flew to meet the guy. An hour and a half later and I was smiling ear to ear! Itís not the High dollar flat bar road bike I was going to splurge on, but it is exactly what I need right now. This allows me to sell the Sedona, and put that money aside in my future bike/upgrade fund. I can ride without the nagging "you bought the wrong bike" voice in my head and I can afford this.
Today karma came knocking and I am so happy I was home to answer the door. Sorry for the ramble.