Shhh! Martin Bought a New BikeBy Will • May 18th, 2008 • Category: Cycling
Martin was looking a LOT sexier than usual on today’s ride. More specifically, his new Pinarello Prince is hot!
Bike fanatics know that good road bikes are pretty expensive so please don’t send Janet a link to this article, please!
Martin is toying with a few strategies on how to “hide” this purchase from Janet. Not cleaning the bike is his lead idea – and looking at his old Pinarello’s rear derailleur he is already well practiced in this strategy.
A local cycle shop in France is currently selling some un-sexy bikes at just over €100. During today’s ride, I learned that that is less than Barry’s left pedal. It’s less than his right pedal too! Carbon baby! (Barry’s posh new bike is from 2007).
I know why Martin felt the need to buy this sexy machine. He is nervous about our upcoming Tour d’Enfer over the Alps this July. Makes sense to me.
Personally, I own a lot of bikes. Not because I love bikes. But because I am such a lousy mechanic that when one starts acting up, I purchase a new one.
But I only have one slightly “expensive bike” and this was purchased the week before a 173 km event over several mountains last July. My weak legs were making me panic and I convinced myself that a new bike was my sole chance. So I understand Martin’s purchase.
Whether he can keep it a secret is another question. Here is how my wife noticed my purchase:
While loading Trek Madone in the car:
Wife: How much did that bike cost?
Me: What do you mean?
Wife: I have NEVER seen you be so careful with a bike. Never.
Me: Honey you look beautiful today.
Wife: Oh My God, are you wrapping it in blankets!
If my wife is reading this: Barry’s and Martin’s sexy beasts were far more expensive than my simple yet practical bike!
Today, of course; we did a pretty big ride to test the new wheels. Martin was clearly at least 10% faster (but 100% sexier).