Sunday, July 24, 2011

Hey, a deal's a deal.

A facebook friend is selling her 2008 Specialized Allez road bike. It was only ridden for one year, never crashed, and has been gathering dust in her living room since 2009. She's got the same pedals that I use (the Look-style), and is including spare tubes and tires, 6 CO2 cartridges, a bento box, etc..

All for $600. Since just the bike goes for about $800, I'm seriously considering it.

It's not that I want to replace Gary, it's just that I start getting all funny when there's a really good deal offered up. 

I'll go and test ride it, have a look at the components, and see if I either come to my senses or try to cram one more bike into my already crowded living room.

Or, should I save my pennies and get a real time trial bike?

In other news, I've been using Cytomax as my sport drink of choice for quite some time now, and it's always worked well, except lately it's started to cause considerable intestinal distress, which is a polite way of stating that it causes me to feel nauseous, fart uncontrollably (which I guess would discourage drafters), and then spend an hour on the pot cursing the day I was born.

The Accelerade looks and tastes like Windex, doesn't work very well, and gives me gas (although not as bad as the Cytomax), so that's out.

Everyone else seems to like the Hammer Perpetuem, so I got a single serving packet at REI (for $2.50! That stuff better be made with unicorn tears and all-organic glitter), and I'll try it out next longish workout.

If you're in the Southern California area and would like a 30 serving jar of Accelerade that's only had two servings taken out, let me know. I swear I haven't spit in it, farted on it, or poisoned it. Much.

UPDATE: After reviewing my financial situation and then having a good cry, I have decided that I simply don't have a half-dozen spare Benjamins to spend on a bike when I already have a perfectly good road bike. 


  1. Save your money for a real TT bike. Totally worth it. lol.

    Have you made any changes in your diet recently? Are you lactose intolerant?

  2. Hi, Rachel, thanks for visiting my blog. I should give Yamashiro another try - I bet the Farmers Market is a nice experience, up there on the hill.

    Wow, reading your blog makes me feel lazy!! I used to bike commute in Manhattan in the 1970s, and also in Seattle in the 90s, but it's been years since I've been on a bike.

  3. Tri Cook: I can't do cheese, but am okay with eggs. I haven't made any major diet changes. And I've come to the conclusion that I do need to save up for a 'real' TT bike.

    Aunt Snow: You rode a bike in NYC in the 70's? You deserve some sort of medal for that! Wow! I'm impressed that you didn't get flattened!


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