Well, when we last looked in on "as the wheel turns" Dave was ready to settle for a... yellow..... Specialized Rockhopper for $629, unless....
(cue dramatic music)
Another bike should appear!
The bike Dave wanted since he went to the Specialized website, and became confused by all the options, and extracted all the data, and made a spreadsheet, and sorted it by all sorts of criteria, and then picked the best one and it was ROAD HAZARD ORANGE!
Oh, they call it "Speed Orange, but COME ONE! It's gonna be Rollerdave riding this thing, speed may be in the picture, but it will DEFINITELY BE A ROAD HAZARD!
But it was a hot commodity. A popular color, and it was transition, so they were switching out to the new model year with paint schemes that make Dave's eyes bleed to look at them. The new color schemes must be some sort of subliminal anti-theft feature because the make the brain recoil and the eye shrivel up and die.
So, Dave was going to settle, going to pay more, what will dave do?
Will a better bike appear on the horizon? (dramatic music)
Will the clock run out and will dave have to settle? (more dramatic music)
Are you even still reading this drivel? Don't you have better things to do? (crescendo)
(Commercial break for some unmentionable hygiene product)
Scene: Back room of Bike King bike shop in inver grove heights, morning.
Kip: Hello, Bike King, how can I help you? Uh huh, um yeah, ok, I can see how youd... Ok, Yes we have just ONE left. Yes it's still in the box. Hardrock Sport disc, yup. Sir? hello? are you there? How much? Looks like that would be $529. Sir? you are going to have to stop jubilating, I can't hear you. No, no problem at all sir. How late are we open? 4PM sir.
I was there in record time, it's the beautiful Road Hazard Orange bike, never been touched, I helped him pull the box open (and remove the staples)... I helped him pull it out, its new.
And it's mine as of Tuesday when my money transfer finishes!
The dude is holding it with no deposit until then!
So, it looks like a happy "so far!"
(as opposed to a happy ending, because its just starting)
I picked out a set of wide wide pedals, and a better saddle, and I found my helmet, cleaned it, and made sure it was perfect.
I'm ready steady go, baby!