October 03, 2005
The High End

Trust me folks, there's plenty of crazy above my level:

Chris Curven avidly followed Lance Armstrong's seventh victory in the Tour de France this summer along with millions of other fans. But for the 34-year-old amateur racer and his cycling buddies in Walpole, N.H., the tour is more than just a sporting event. It's also a home shopping channel of sorts for superbikes: Yes, those ultra-pricey, high-tech machines ridden by Armstrong and his colleagues can be ordered from a specialty bike shop near you.

The article goes on to discuss things that cost as much as $16,000 that you have to pedal to get around. Yes, Virginia, they do exist.

However, they're pretty darned rare. In all honesty, you really really have to try to spend more than $5,000 on a bike. Yeah, I know, $5,000 for a bicycle probably leaves most of you gasping, but in the circles I pedal that's merely the highest of the high end. I make no apologies for my Chinese superbike, and I've been around long enough to know the difference between it and a $5500 Pinarello is the difference between a $150 California vintage and a $1500 French wine. I'll pedal 14.7 mph average on either of the former just as I'll smack my lips and go, "meh?" with either of the latter.

Of course, that doesn't mean I have turned my nose up to said Italian boutiques. The largest Pinarello dealer in the US is located in Little Rock, Arkansas. Of course, it's just a coincidence I'm heading out there next summer.

Oh be quiet gramma. You'll get grand-daughter time. Would I put a price tag on such family unity?

Am I your child?


Posted by scott at October 03, 2005 07:56 PM

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Sometimes I wonder! What a lucky coincidence the bike shop is in Little Rock.

Posted by: Pat on October 3, 2005 11:11 PM

You do realize that that'd be a nice downpayment on my kitcar? Which I wouldn't have to pedal. I would have to assemble it, but I like that sort of thing.

Of course, roughly 1 week after having it, I'll probably be bumming rides/pedaling/doing time, but still...

Posted by: ronaprhys on October 4, 2005 07:30 AM
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