Confession: I have a piece of sh*t bike. It’s literally falling apart underneath my broken hip.
It’s a Specialized Allez. Or a Specialized “GO” as we francophones like to say. It’s red. I put it on layaway at a small bike store in Richmond, Virginia (Agees) about 18 years ago. I paid $50/month until it was mine. I think the total cost of the bike was $400. A huge sum when you make only $1,000 per month at your menial desk job. Not that I had a menial desk job or anything.
Here she is on the trainer. I gave her a good workout this morning, and she’s hurting:
I rode the crap out of that bike. 50 mile rides on the weekends. 24 miles round trip to work every day. Century races. 500 miles across Colorado during the famous Ride the Rockies race one summer. More times up and down Lookout Mountain than I can count. Two triathlons.
(Circa 1995. Tent city, Durango, CO. Ride the Rockies):
We’ve been through a lot together. That bike seat knows things about my lady parts that would make anyone blush. She’s put up with my never ending farts. We’ve covered thousands of miles, seen some great sites from the back roads of Virginia to the beaches of North Carolina to the peaks of Colorado.
(2009, Camp Dick. Yes I said “dick”. No I did not ride down this trail):
(Circa 1995, Ride the Rockies):
Sadly, it’s time for Red to be put down. I’ll lube her up one last time with WD40, then take her in the back yard with my shotgun. I’ll just tell the kids she went to the farm when they ask where she is. Kind of like my parents did when my dog Duncan disappeared when I was six. But, that’s another blog post.
(Circa 1992, riding Richmond to the Outer Banks):
I’ve just signed up for the Boulder 70.3 Half Ironman on August 8. No way Red can take me to the finish line. No way can she hold up through hundreds of miles of training.
I need a new bike. There, I said it.
Problem is, since I started running a couple of years back, I’ve been out of the cycling world almost completely. I have no clue where to start. I know you can spend as much on a new bike as on a new car. I’m not interested in doing that. But, I do want something durable and triathlon friendly. If your last name is Trek or Cannondale and you’d like to donate a bike to me, let me know.
I know lots of you are triathletes and cyclists. What’s your best advice? I’d prefer to not spend more than $1,000. Can you get a decent bike for that?
Looking for input,