You go into a bike shop to check out prices to upgrade you bike, and end up buying a new one? Short story, my son and I where on our way back from Hocking Hills State Park (south eastern Ohio, really cool, but back to the story) stopped by the Performance Bike Shop in south Akron. I was planning on upgrading my old Cannondale sr300. I was looking to buy the new Raleigh Clubman this year, but the wife convinced me we needed other things this year, like a fence in the back yard for the doggies. We agreed on me upgrading the Cannondale, I was planning on new bars, fork, and seat (probably a brooks).
Boy this story has more tangents than a high school algebra book, doesn't it?
So I am looking around Performance. They are having a clearance on '08 bikes. I looked at some road bikes, the asked if they had any steel bikes. They showed me the Fuji Touring. At first I didn't like the looks so much, but it was eating at me. It wasn't what I thought I was looking for. But the one on the floor was my size so I took it for a test ride. And as Paul Harvey Used to say "And that the rest of the story." I put it in layaway until I get my yearly attendance bonus check in three weeks.
Oh yeah, original price $950 Clearance price $650, the club man I was looking at with very similar setup $1100
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