Friday, November 6, 2009
New Bike Love
No, I don't have a new bike and still am passionate about the Breezer Uptown 8 but my eye did wander this week. The story in brief as follows:
The Running Bob and I visited Absolute Bikes early in the week so that he could reserve his bike rental for this weekends Blue Water Triathlon. As we walked in Bob nodded his head toward a vision of loveliness, a bright red commuter with a chainguard, a sturdy front loading rack, and swept back, European-style handlebars. I tried not run toward it. Be calm. Be cool.
Upon inspection, I saw that it was the Live1 from Specialized Globe series! Oh, how curious I'd been about these. The Live1 Mixt is a 3-speed. A sales guy wandered over and began his pitch. The 3-speed moves remarkable well over Flagstaff's hills so I shouldn't have any problems. But look at the Live2, an 8-speed. My helpful sales guy pointed out the double pronged kick-stand. Truly, I've always wanted one of those.
But I cannot purchase or even think about another bike today, since Christmas is just around the corner and I have plans that must be completed. Besides, Bob needs or simply wants some sort of triathlon worthy bike so that will be our next focus (although I really think he'd look quite handsome on the men's black Uptown 8).
Still, as (the very creepy) Woody Allen would say, "the heart wants what it wants". I logged on to the Globe website to do some looking. Is there anything wrong with that?? What I found was that while the red Live1 is quite pretty, the Live2 Mixt step-through is the real beauty in the family. Chocolate brown elegance. I see me in a tweed skirt, a little fitted jacket and some soft leather gloves pedaling down a country road somewhere in New England, or maybe France! Ah, well. Maybe not today. The weather in Flagstaff was exceptionally good this week (despite the 40 - 50 degree difference between morning and afternoon temperatures) so I pedaled all over this week whenever I could to make up for last weeks inactivity. Besides, Bob wondered if I wouldn't just consider trading in the Expedition and moving up a bit. He, too, was very impressed with the double pronged kickstand and the sturdy front rack.