After a couple of years of hesitation, I'm finally diving in 100% sponsored from my 2008 tax return. I was born and raised in San Diego, more specifically in North County, and have always seen quite a few riders around w/ one being my Dad. More so, the local bike shops as a kid was always a field trip full of excitement. The bike shops are still exciting to hang out at, but now it's my own money that I have to worry about spending.
I started out riding my dad's 197# something Schwinn which is not only heavy but the components would shift when they wanted to, etc, but I made use of what I could. About two months ago, a friend of mine bought a used Cannondale bike from a colleague and we went riding. I expired a little too early where as he just kept on going w/ energy to spare, so that's when I made the decision to get myself a brand new toy. With that, I'm still deciding on how much I should really spend on a bike. I originally budgeted a little high (Madone 5.2 / Specialized Tarmac Expert SL) but have decided that it just might be a little too much. Just today, I ended up riding a LaMond Buenos Aires 2007 57" and liked it a lot, but since I'm unfamiliar with how a bike should fit, there were a couple of instances where I wasn't feeling it. So now, I'm not sure what to do. btw, the LBA is going for $1100 so it seems like a steal, but I'm still hesitant as I want my first to be my bike. I'm sure you understand.
I bought quite a bit of equipment last night, some of which I might return, but you can see the getup in the attachments. I've been riding for quite a few years, but I still like to consider myself a newbie as I just rode and didn't know technicals at all. I am easy going guy, like sunset walks on the beach...j/k but I'm always up for a good ride with a great bunch of people. I'm in and out of town quite a bit being based in Atlanta as a commercial pilot, but I'll ride anywhere. I'm excited to take part in the forum and read up on what to get, what to do, and meet a few of ya around the area. I'm a little anxious and want to pull the trigger tonight on a bike, but I might just wait it out a bit in order to feel "IT" first before I do so. HELP!