And StapFam too. Aw heck, any of you can help. Not you under 30 y/o roadies. Go away.
So I've been planning to buy a road bike after slogging it out with a Gary Fisher Wahoo for two years. I've been impressed with SaiKaiTai's experience with his Reno. I'm 54, I want to pull a few centuries, and as DnvrFox, would put it, keep track of my "smiles per miles" ratio.
So I go do a leasurely 20 miler today and on the way home, drop by to see The Turk, a young and firey hardcore bike geek.
"You have to buy a road bike, you know" says he.
"Yep, I know. I've heard a lot of good things about the Reno so I'll probably get one in the next two weeks (and I can't spend tons of money because, as The Turk knows, I'm in the middle of some other costly projects)."
"What!" he cries in disbelief, "That's an old man's bike! Not enough carbon! Crappy Tiagra shifters! You'll hate it after a few rides when you get dropped like a sandbag! You need to buy a _______ (for roughly $2000)."
Well OK. I basically think The Turk was full of crap, and maybe even a bit rude to dump on what sounds like a perfectly good road bike for a 54 y/o who will never do a crit or a TT. But I didn't say anything back to him. I just broke out into tears and rode home.
Would any of you console me? I know I've been a bit snarky lately but I'm really a very nice guy once you figure out that I have a vivid imagination and make everything up (you see, I used to work for the New York Times.....but that's another story).