Bought some sweet Specialized MTB shoes yesterday, brand new $100, dude at the local shop gave me a cherry deal I couldn't resist. Now on to hunting pedals on CL and see if maybe I can get lucky. Saw some nice pairs but way too far to drive to get them, if nothing else then Amazon.
I also test rode a road bike since I haven't been on one since I was in HS. The owner of the shop ruined me, he handed me a Specialized Venge, 17 lbs, all flat black, compared to the Beast, this little hot rod took off like a bat outta hell. Couldn't believe how stiff and responsive it was. It hadn't been fitted so it wasn't very comfortable but I was amazed at how little effort it took to make this thing go fast. The Beast punishes you, makes you work hard, her only reward is that downhills are like skydiving, this bike will go as fast if not faster than your nerves can tolerate. I imagine that Venge would be fast but more stable and not quite as scary. One interesting note though, once I went for my night ride later on, it did occur to me that the Beast is actually pretty quick to spin up for such a heavy bike.