Is it finally true? Have I found my cyclocross stallion? Yes, yes, yes!! Third time is the charm.
First I had my heart set on a great deal on a Felt . . . . see previous post about waiting on a man. .
Then I found my beloved Poprad. Beautiful steel carbon mix, Ultegra/105 components but when I got him he was huge! He reminded me of this horse I once loved- Bud Light. Bud Light was a beautiful blonde stallion. Big watery brown eyes pleaded for us to go for a ride in the Uintahs. I'd have to lift my knee to my chin to put my foot in the stirrup. Once in the saddle I couldn't stand in the stirrups because his back was so wide. After a ride I'd feel beat up and sore. He was strong, fast and so sweet but he was just too big.
Fortunately, I have a teammate that is 5'11. She is an awesome athlete and is going to kick butt at cross. The Poprad fits her great. So with her buying it from me I had the money to go in search of yet another cross bike.
The first shop I went in I was thrilled to be greeted by "socks". This guy not only races cross he kicks some serious Ass at it. We talked about ordering the Poprad in a smaller size but with Greg's comments about Lance, Trek has dumped the Lemond line and it is nearly impossible to get stuff from Lemond. I looked at a Rocky Mountain but they didn't have anything small enough in the store and Socks was uncomfortable selling me something I didn't get to try out first. After my experience with the Poprad I felt the same.
So I headed to shop #2. They also sell the Rocky Mountain but again didn't have any in stock. The comment "if you were actually going to race cross" also turned me off. Here is a small tip to people working in shops that actually want to sell stuff. I have money to spend. If you make me happy I may spend tens of thousands of dollars in your shop. Please do not assume that because I have big boobs and blond hair that I am not an athlete, that I do not race or that I am looking for a basket for my beach cruiser.
Off to shop #3. I decided to take the lead on this one. I found a sales person and told him, I raced cross last season, I plan to race it again this season, these are the components I want and this is how much I have to spend. It may have also helped that a friend in the shop congratulated me on winning Bear Lake. Aaaaaah respect!
So they let me take Scottie out for a nice ride. We went to the park and I practiced my mounts and dismounts. We rode on asphalt, dirt trails and grass. The reach was a bit long but that could easily be fixed by a shorter stem. Only the first date and I was falling fast and hard. Back at the shop they swapped out the stem, put on smaller handlebars and Scottie and I left and I even spent about $300 less that I had planned. Looks like I've found a shop where I will be spending future tax returns and any other seemingly disposable income I might find.