I read in someone's blog not that long ago "be careful, they are addictive." I guess its true.
Yesterday, I went to Recycled Cycles to pick up my olive Twenty from the good people there. It had a broken axle tab that needed replacement. It is now running great! I actually booked out of work about an hour early to enjoy some nice Seattle weather and get my errands done.
As I walked up to the door of the shop, casually scanning the rack of new hybrid/cross/road/mountain monstrosities made of carbon fiber and plastic, there, ever so meek, was a little root beer colored Raleigh Twenty. I had to blink a couple times to believe it. I've spent countless hours over the last couple weeks on eBay and Craigslist looking for another one of these to build out as a custom, lighter weight rider. I was actually considering driving to Vancouver next week to pick up one there for $165 CAD. And here was one, right in my backyard... for $100. I snapped it up. There is one on eBay right now that is over $200 shipped. No brainer...
As I went back into the shop to purchase it, I was talking to one of the other sales people there. "There has been quite a bit of interest in that bike - three people so far this morning. It just came in today. In fact the last guy just went home to cash a check and was coming back for it..."
Too bad for him they don't hold bikes there. Who knows, only a few minutes later and I'd have missed out on it.
My wife did her best "rolleyes" when I got home... My kids think I've gone crazy too. And in the immortal words of Robert Plant "I don't care what the neighbors say..."
I'll have pictures up soon.