Today I turn 53, and decided to buy another bike. I've been thinking about it for a while and really wanted to go Ti, but the funds just aren't there right now. I have my Madone that is my daily rider and serves me very well, but it's the only road bike I have and if it had a problem (cracked frame, drop out etc.) and had to go in for repair I would be not happy. So I feel the need for a standard metal frame. I've been looking at Craigslist and nothing in my area really, and I tossed around the idea of buying a frame and building it myself...and I will do that some time in the future, probably with a Ti bike, but I came to the Bikesdirect site and found a decent aluminum frame bike for $600 shipped.
It has cheap components, but I have a set of Ultegra derailers and crank set sitting on the shelf and some 105 shifters too so I can build it up a little from there. Besides, I could part it out and almost make back the $600. It should make a nice weather bike as well...I'll report back on Friday when it arrives but right now I'm off to do my 53 mile ride for the big day.