So here I am at 58 (soon 59), having taken up cycling again in '02 after receiving the usual
50+ warning following annual physical.
Been averaging 6k or so kms/year since, all done on a heavily-roadified/upgraded mtb.
Always had a desire to ride a 'road bike.' In '05, bought/soon returned a Trek FX -- harsh/ugh!
In '07, bought/soon returned a Giant OCR -- loved it except hated the drop-bar configuration (in retrospect, I think a fit issue).
To this year: tested/hated a Giant Rapid 1 (harsh/ugh!) in early Spring. Then, my beloved LBS became a full-line Specialized dealer. On the floor: 2010 Sirrus Comp. "Ooh, that looks nice/wonder if the likes of me could ride that?" Two-hour test ride: fit perfectly, not-harsh/yay!!; bought it.
I've now been riding this thing for just on a month, and I have to admit 'addiction' is setting in! I find myself staying off the MUP, and looking for the 'long way' on secondary roads to and from work through the week, etc. etc. Can't believe it!
Some disturbing symptoms, though. For example, I now check to ensure that my sunglass arms are over, not under, my helmet straps. I worry that my cycling socks may be too long or too short to comply with the 'rules.' What is happening??
More seriously, I'm simply happy that I've found this bike; it really has (for me) opened up an entire new cycling experience, even if it's not a 'road bike' in the 'road race bike' sense. Now ... I wonder what that Roubaix Comp might be like ...