When I started cycling, I bought a cyclocross bike, lower end of the price spectrum, with the knowledge that if I hated the sport, I would be out a ton of money. But if I loved it, it was a nice enough bike to take me through a few years. And sure enough, after two years, I got antsy. I made it 4 years before I broke down. I thought about going mid level, but realized at this point I was going to keep at the sport and there was no reason to "waste" money on an in-between bike, because I'd be craving the carbon fiber too soon. So I just went for it. Mine was the first 52 cm Madone 5.2 to come to the area. My bike shop ordered it for me before the first ones were produced.
And I love it. It is lightweight, great on hills, and I can satisfy my craving for new "toys" by upgrading components. But the frame will last a long time, I hope. I got a triple chain ring in the beginning, because I hate climbing hills and wanted the help. So far all I have added was aerobars. And if I love them on the long rides this summer, I'll move the "starter" aeros to the cyclocross and buy some really sweet carbon fiber one for my Madone.
So I say if you really want it, and you know it is a sport for life, go for it. You'll get your money's worth in the long run.
In case you were wondering, yes, I kept the first bike. One can never have too many bikes, can they?
Edited by: DRC2205 at: 1/25/2007 (14:00)
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I say go for it anyway Momof4! I started riding last March. Bought a 1 year old mtbike in April, then a new road bike in July. I'm already looking at full carbon race bikes. Must resist. Cannot afford it. But new bikes for hubby and I might be in order if I can do the 2500 mile race this year.
It's never too late to be who you might have been.
DRC, that is one sweet looking bike you got there, wow! I've been drooling and dreaming about a new bike, but it's hard to justify the expense since I only bought my first bike last August and just made the last payment on it a week ago. But still, I dream.
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