Last week I took the bike to the LBS for a mechanical tweak. Turns out it was a minor issue; the chainring derailleur and big ring weren’t a match made in heaven, so the wrench there made some small adjustments and the ticking from the chainring is now gone.
It got me thinking realistically again about getting a new bike for myself and the missus. Fundage doesn’t exist for it anytime soon, but if I get to saving now I think two years hence is doable. I’m going to want a combination of speed and comfort; mid-summer rides are rarely shorter than 2½ hours. I’m also consistently averaging between 18 and 18.4 mph on these rides; a far cry from when I was psyched to do 16 mph.
Ironically, I live about 12 miles from the Serotta factory. Man, I’d love to ride one of those, but unless I can cough up at least three thousand bucks, I think I’m SOL. I have to keep a rational head about this. I’ve been riding my trusty Schwinn Worldsport (1992, I think) for about 15 years now. I plan on riding the next bike for a long time as well.
I’m sure bike shops weren’t too fond of that remark, but it has to be true. My gut tells me to expect to put out around $2,000. I also figure a good comfort bike for Mrs. Stallion will be pushing 4 figures as well, but I don’t think an upright will get that pricey. She’ll probably get a better value than I will.