What a great start to what should be a wonderful year!
Beginning of the Year Dad and I purchased matching 2008 Cannondale Synapse Carbon bikes to do some events on.
2009 Elephant Rock
2009 Courage Classic
2009 Deer Creek Challenge
along with some fun weekend rides to stay in shape.
LOVE the bike, need to think about upgrading the components to ultegra or Sram end of the season.
Then... Before all the spring snow started flying in Denver, I went for a mountain ride with a couple buddies... on my 2001 GT i-Drive Race (full suspension)
One of them riding a 9 year old Cannondale with the Lefty. (hard tail) I picked his bike up and thought to myself - *holy crap! - this thing is LIGHT* ... and got the bug to buy a hardtail.
I'd ALWAYS wanted a GT Zaskar... so, I started searching craigslist (across the country) and ebay. After pricing out a bunch of older ones that I'd have to upgrade anyway, I found a spring sale at Performance that had their pricing on the 2008 Zaskar at a pricepoint I couldn't refuse. After a few upgrades - I now have what I considered the 'holy grail' when I started riding mountain.
So... with those 3 beautiful and kind of expensive bikes in the corral - and the 7 year old finally getting his skills down. The wifey started hinting how nice it'd be this summer to do some family rides with the 1 1/2 year old in the burley. I started thinking... (knowing I'm a ******) - *these 3 bikes are overKILL for burley pulling. I should look for a 'beater'.*
Again - craigslist and ebay searching, led me down the road of... "well, after upgrades - it's gonna be the same pricepoint if I just bought something new" - So I pulled the plug on a new Bikes Direct Single Speed . After a few upgrades with items I had laying around the house from other builds - I now have my 'family beater'.
First impressions.... not a bad bike for the money... should be great for what I intend to use it for.
What next? 29'er? Unicycle?
only time will tell!