As it says on my “about me” I am riding the London to Paris cycle challenge for Diabetes UK in September this year. So I decided to treat myself to a new bike for the occassion as I thought it may help with the motivation to train, articularly on these cold mornings. I was looking for a road bike to replace the Trek 1000 I bought in 2003. At that time it cost me £460 as it was last years model. I think I was influanced into buying a Trek after seeing Lance win all those Tour de Frances! Anyway I never did look like Lance, I just had a nicer bike to push up hill when it got too steep. So back to my new bike. What do I buy? There are so many to choose from, Trek, Giant, Specialised, Cannondale, Scott, the list goes on. Alloy or Carbon, what group set. Its like ordering a sandwich in one of those American places, so much choice your head starts to spin. So I start to look at some of these combinations, and how much they will cost. I decide I have a budget of up to £1000 and expect I will be able to get something reasonable. To my astonishment most of these manufacturers have an entry level bike at around £800, and most of these have equipment no better than my Trek 1000. The top end bikes cost more than a small car. In the end I decided I would like a Cannondale Synapse, looks a nice bike with a reasonable spec. I start ringing round in search of one, only to find nobody expects to have any Cannondale Synapse Alloy bikes before late April early May. Your kidding “No”. So in the end I buy a Scott Speedster S30, from my local shop Cycle Heaven in York. Scott the guy in the shop (same name as the bike) was real helpful, and kitted me up with everything I needed. All I need now is some nice weather so I can take it out. It seems the only progress I have made in cycling over the last 8 years is I will now have an £800 bike to push up hill. Progress where would we be without it.
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