I was enjoying a nice Sunday ride around a reservoir when I realized my back tire (or tyre!) was losing air. Never really went flat, but was going down sure as shootin'. Decided I'd rather fix in the comfort of my home than on the road, so I headed back to the car and then off to home.
Along the way I passed the Trek dealer, and realized they could do the work for a few bucks far more quickly than my lazy bum, so I turned in and handed over the keys.
Then, long as I was waiting, I decided to road test something, so I tried to get a 1500 (road bike) at 56cm but none was available, so they put me on a 1000 (same geometry, not as good components).
I surprised myself and found it quite enjoyable. After a longish test ride, my only complaints were some hand tingling (different position than my mountain bike), and the family jewels were numb. I think both could be taken care of with proper adjustments.
Biggest surprise -- my back wasn't in pain. A little, perhaps, but nothing significant. This is critical -- it's what's stopped me from considering ever buying a road bike. So maybe I'm stronger now and more fit, and thus a better candidate for a road bike? I don't know but I'm open to your theories.
Anyway, even the 'value priced' 1000 ($600) was pretty fun out there. And the 1500, which sports Shimano 105s and Ultegras, is right around $1,000. So anyway it was fun riding a road bike (man it was FAST!) and good to know I might even be able to enjoy one some day.
Tire is all fixed, brakes adjusted, and now I'm off to the airport for the seventh of eight two day business trips in six weeks. Ugh!