Today, I was in gear whore heaven. Demoed a bunch of bikes supported by a very, very patient and knowledgeable staff at Earl's Bicycle and Fitness in South Burlington, Vermont. All that horse hockey about the bike not holding me back? Horse hockey!
I had a wonderful time and found huge differences between my Volpe and the full carbon road bikes tried. Unfortunately, I didn't know exactly their price ranges when I tried them. The one that felt like it was made just for me, like it was a part of my being, that was fast and comfortable and maneuverable and came this close to the almost-as-good-as-sex area - it was the Orbea Orca. 2006 model. Full carbon, Shimano DuraAce components.16 pounds without pedals. On sale. $4,7799.99 (bless the penny). Tears, tears, tears. Of course I won't buy that piece of road heaven. There's the money. And then there's the GUILT.
I also demoed the Felt F3C with DuraAce drive train, compact crank, and the 2007 Orbea Onix TDF, Ultegra components, admittedly too large for me. The Orca was 54 by Orbea standards, the Onix was 57 by Orbea standards. 2007 Onix on sale $2,299.99. All bikes I demoed were full carbon. Obviously, at less than half of the cost of the Orca, guess what oboe will be bringing home.
We weighed four of the bikes - the Bianchi Volpe, the Orbea Orca, the Orbea Onix, and the Felt F3C. The Volpe (triple) was over 25 pounds, the Orca as I said was 16 w/o pedals, the Onix was 17.5 with pedals, and the Felt was 18.5 with pedals. The Felt was designated a 56, by the way.
After riding the afternoon away, I responded to wifey's voice message on my cellular and came home. Just for yuks, I went out for a spin on my Volpe. uh . . . . I loved you, dear, but . . . there's someone else. I'm sorry. (THE BIKE! THE BIKE!!!)
Guys, I can't possibly go back to the cyclocross when the full carbon roadies were so sexy. They were way, way more fun for me to ride - and fun is what it IS, for me. I think that I can ride another 50k, or even a century on the Volpe. But now I don't want to. I CAN'T WAIT for the next Tour de Cure, MS Tour - what did you say was happening in another state, Mr. Silver?