Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Introducing the Road Bikes
2011 Specialized Tarmac Comp Double 105
I got back to the shop and the salesman asked me what I thought. I told him that I preferred the Specialized but I wasn't sure if I was ready to buy. At this point I had only seen the regular price and I knew that I would have a tough time getting that purchase OK'd by my wife. He then mentioned that during the sale it was 45% off. After doing some math in my head I figured that it still might be tough to get the OK but not impossible. Besides, it's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission right? (If my kids are reading this then disregard that last sentence, I'm not the forgiving type.) Just kidding.... but I would be lying if I said that didn't enter into my mind. I tell the clerk that I'll take it! He takes me and the bike up to the register, hands the bike to one of the guys in the shop to give it the once over and rings me up. He mentions that they are throwing in a free jersey with every purchase but the biggest that they have is a large and I wear an XL. I take it anyways, I figure that it might fit my wife or my son will grow into it soon. As I am signing the receipt I remembered that I had driven my wife's car that day and it didn't have a rack. I know, who in their right mind drives a car without a bike rack? Luckily the bike was light enough to manuever into the back seat once the front wheel was removed. Now I had a 45 minute drive back home, long enough I thought, to formulate a plan for damage control for when my wife finds out that I bought another bike. I was thinking that I was going to have to crash on some couches for a couple of nights until things cooled down.
As I arrived home I still hadn't come up with a good plan so I decided to just wing it. I pulled into the garage and got the bike out of the car. Then I headed inside carrying the bag with the free jersey and a couple of water bottles and there was my wife sitting at her computer. She asked me what was in the bag and I pulled out the jersey and told her that I got a jersey for her. She asked how much it cost and I said "the jersey was free...". She immediately knew something was up and when I saw the look on her face I immediately went through the mental roledex to try and figure out sleeping arrangements for that night.
"I bought a new bike" I said. So one thing that I hadn't mentioned is that I had bought my fixie just a few short weeks before this one so I am sure that she was not thrilled to hear that I bought another bike. We had also just bought her a new road bike a couple of weeks before that so I am sure that she thought that we were done buying bikes for a while.
I told her how things went down, including the part about the heavens and angels. She didn't have the same look on her face but she didn't have her happy face on either. I held out my hand and said, "come take a look at it" and she took my hand and we headed out to the garage.
My son just got into biking this year too, he is 11 and told me that for his b-day he wanted a road bike. That was a very proud day for me indeed, and sure enough he got a bike for his b-day. Once he heard that Dad had a new bike he raced out to the garage ahead of us. When my wife and I got out there he was lifting it up with a look of amazement. "It's so light" he said. I guided my wife ove to the bike and said, "try lifting it". She too was amazed at the difference in weight. It was at that moment that I knew that I was going to be sleeping in my own bed that night. I could tell that she still wasn't overly thrilled but she was OK with it. I think that this was also the moment that she realized that I have an addiciton to cycling and that the best way to deal with it is to accept it.
I have only put on a few hundred miles onto the Specialized but so far I am loving it. As I mentioned before I will be posting more on some of the rides that I did this summer in the next few days.