Had a little incident. The bike rack on my car fell off. The top straps simply failed near the stitching and deposited my bike onto the tarmac at approximately 45mph.
The frame is ok. The wheels are toast. And it's going to take until November to get new rims in, so I'm stuck using my hybrid for another month. I'm severely annoyed because I miss the comfort and speed of the road bike.
Seeing as how I've spent so much time off the bike this year due to mechanical mishaps, I'm thinking my backup bike should be another road bike. So I'm in the market for a new bike I think.
I don't know whether I want to keep it cheap or go for something nice. I think that if I do go for a 2nd bike I will try to regularly use it; so I may end up gearing them so that one is a hill climber and one is a flatlander. If that's the case then I would argue it would be worth it to get a nice bike. On the other hand, my current bike has enough gearing for both flats and hills so I'm not sure how useful that will be; so that tends to shift the argument back towards a cheap bike.
So right now I'm looking primarily at 3 frames:
1) Surly Pacer
2) Salsa Vaya
3) Salsa Fargo
I *LOVE* the way the Vaya looks, but the other two are nice as well. I think the order of costliness goes Pacer < Fargo < Vaya, which means the Vaya is the most expensive. The Pacer is the most boring of the 3, but also the cheapest.
Thoughts? Opinions? Alternative suggestions?