this is completely, and utterly a rant about an ex. we don't talk much but we kind of keep in touch through blogs.
i know, why would any of us ever think that. but she's getting into cycling now and has some very strange notions. i tried to get her into cycling while we were dating but she just wussed out. her newfound interest in cycling came shortly after i purchased my new road bikes for myself and my current lady. coincidence?
anyhow, she posted about looking at a couple bikes and linked to a bianchi volpe and a jamis satellite. both excellent choices for a newcomer. i thought i'd be nice and offer some advice on bike shopping and a couple other bike suggestions. so i suggested Felt (of course), Le Mond (which my lady has and loves), and the lady Bianchi Eros (Punishmint is a great color). she scoffed at my suggestion saying a friend of hers.... well, allow me to quote:
i really didn't know what to think of that. i was dumbfounded. i didn't know where to start. to point out that Liquigas just won the Giro on cannondales, or that trek sponsors team discovery and Armstrong rode one to 7 TDF victories. someone should tell Di Luca his bike sucks. yes i know they're paid to ride them, but if a team's equipment sucked i like to think they'd try to find a new sponsor. i'm guessing, since this is seattle, that her friend is a hipster that walks a bianchi pista around capitol hill and thinks he's an authority on bikes because his bike doesn't coast. because nobody that knew anything about bikes would say anything to the effect of "cannondale sucks."That's funny, because my friend said to stay away from LeMond (along with a list of almost every other bike company you've heard of, from trek to cannondale to marin) because they make ****ty bikes that will break.
now, the reason i would say i'd like to convince her not to buy a bike is because she's getting into it for the wrong reasons. she does things because she wants to be better at it than other people, not because she's really into it. she isn't going to take the time to learn about how to take care of it properly. mistreating a bike is like beating a puppy. i've been riding for two years and i obsess about it. i'd like to think i've picked up a few things reading this forum and hanging out at the co-op shop. it just makes me sad that she just dismisses my advice like she knows better.
i can only hope that if she does go through with it she takes the time to learn how to care for it properly and ends up loving it because riding bikes is fun. not to be better at it than my girlfriend.
ok, i'm done. had to get it out to some people that would understand. or flame on, it's outta my head now