I had been telling myself that when I lost 42lbs and broke the 200lb barrier that I would get a new bike. Well I broke 200 just before Thanksgiving and I've been researching bikes for at least a month before that. I felt a cyclocross bike would be a good fit for me as I like a wider tire but wanted a drop bar for a more aero position than my hybrid. Well, I think I researched everything and went back and forth on several bikes but was drawn to a Trek Crossrip until the local Trek store rubbed me the wrong way with crap sales tactics. I ended up with a better bike for less money by getting a Kona Jake as the local Kona dealer was blowing out the 2013's for under a grand. So I ended up with a full Tiagra bike for less money than I was going to pay for Claris.
I'm having cross top brake levers put on the Jake so I didn't bring it home yet, but it's mine and paid for. Very excited and can hardly wait until spring to put down some serious miles on it and get in even better shape. The new bike was a good motivator for me and now that I dropped a grand on a bike, I think I'll be motivated to ride it more. Life is good.