I eased outta racing a few years ago do ya ever really leave it behind? but continued to volunteer with the club: coaching and communications, mainly. I finally cut the ties at the end of '05 after having decreased my involvement even more. It was time. I still like my racing connections, but over the years our largest-in-the-state women's team has splintered-off into indivudual directions: marriage, kids, doctoral programs, lifestyle commuters, recreational clubs, other teams. Time for me to move and shake as well.
As a thank you from the club, I'm getting-in on some steep discounts on the goods: framesets, builds, wheelsets, tires. Now, I'll be the first to admit I don't need another bike, but I've been keeping an eye open for some type of 'cross frame...something I can build up as a commuter for any season...a distance workhorse with fenders and a rear rack...equipped for disk brakes. I've got some cannibalized Ultegra and XT components, but would need stem/bars and seat/post. Essentially, the cross frame I'm looking for is just coming to market so there isn't a ton of choice yet. And, I rather like the idea of building up Herman Munster -- everyone around here has one. It's their spring and fall crud-roads ride. It's where our old components go when they die...and then they really die.
In the meantime I've got a nearly half-priced Bianchi Cross Concept waiting for me...full bike or frameset. It's a great deal on a nice bicycle, but it's not exactly what I want. Can a ride be too nice? I know I'll like the frame -- I ride a similar road bike. I'm not big enough to be tough on it. What's missing? Damned eyelets. I want a workhorse that will carry my pack. Not that I haul a ton of stuff on the commute (I leave most of it at work...maybe I need to leave more of it at work!), but I'm tired of it being on my back.
According to our sponsorship agreement, we can sell the bike after a year.
Do I jump on the full-meal-deal, ride it for a year and then consider my option of selling? with a good possibility of a profit? or maybe I'll like it enough to keep it?
Do I go cheap and get the framest, put all my old stuff on it (I think I've got wheels that will work) and then in a year exercise my option to sell it and get a disk-braked commuter (which would require a new wheel build)? Will I run the risk of needing new components? Am I putting out more $ in the long run? Again, maybe I'll like the Bianchi.
Do I skip it all, save my $ and build the Herman Munster?
Do I skip it all, including Herman, organize my commuting shtuff, and commute on the race bike just because it's so much fun....
- TOB needs some advice, here