"Bless me Father,
for I have sinned. It has been over 20 years since my last confession."
Is bicycle gluttony a sin? Don't ask. Dan still has a lot fewer
bikes than Robin Williams has.
(Dan had the pleasure of riding up Torrey Pines hill with him during
2005 San Diego Triathlon put on by the Challenged
Toy #4and oldestbicycle in the "new
binge bikes" stable is the trusty Santa Cruz SuperLight.
This is now used by Mickey Goese, so maybe it doesn't even fit in
the bicycle gluttony countdown..
Toy #5: Why pass up the opportunity to ride this
pretty blue Giant Tempo while watching movies on TV?
Now that Mickey is using the Santa Cruz, another
spine-saving, full suspension mountain bike
is clearly needed when one doesn't wish to ride alone.
Thus, Toy #6...the Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp...a no-frills
It's 2008 and the Madone 5.2 in Postal colors (and mountain bike gearing from the Everest Challenge)
is getting a little "long in the tooth" for a bike addict. Plus, the gearing is not so great for criterium races.
So it became obvious that it was time for another toy. Aesthetics was a huge factor. I wanted a bike that
was so beautiful I could get passionate about it. Fortunately, that happened with the Colnago CLX,
which is a great "value" racing bike, and not one of those top-of-the-line bikes that cost as much as a motorcycle.
I did switch out the standard wheels for a pair of HED Ardennes, so mine looks even sexier than this one.
A woman on our club ride reacted to the new bike's great looks by saying, "That IS sex!" (not "sexy"). I'm not
sure I'd go that far, but it does look pretty damn good in real life.
All "new car" money has been going into bicycles.
So, we're SAVING money by not buying new cars, right?