Monday, December 28, 2009

Bike followup

I got some really great tips on my last post. I am not sure why I'm all cranked up to buy a bike in December, but I was thinking that if I shopped in the off-season, I might get more time from the salespeople (and maybe a better deal). There is a bike shop in Ann Arbor that looks promising. I should also see what's available in Toledo, but one of the local shops did give me that "you're not cool enough to shop here" vibe, which sort of sours me on shopping there again. I am not really sure why some bike shop employees cop that kind of attitude. I think some bike shop employees will only give you respect if you look super-fit or if you plan to spend huge amounts of money. I am not either, unfortunately. As fit as I feel, I think I still don' t look it. That's one of my huge motivating factors in wanting to lose weight -- wanting people to see the fit person I want to be and not see me as an overweight person and assume I'm either a) not knowledgeable about fitness or b) a lazy glutton.

But if I casually look around at a bike store without being sure I'm going to buy something right away, I can get the sense of whether it's the right place to go when I'm ready to buy something.


  1. I know that relative to many bike enthusiasts, the sum you're willing to spend isn't so much, but it's still a lot of money! I am not ashamed to say that I'm not going to spend more than $500 on my new bike (very excited!), and I don't think you should be either. Then again, I do avoid the snobby shops too. I hate that attitude.

    I'm starting to feel like I look like the fit person I feel like inside. Even with over 30 pounds more to lose, it's very exciting. I also am beginning to realize I was putting myself in the fat box, and by thinking the way I did, I kept myself in the fat box for way too long. It's nice to finally now see myself as a (lumpy) fit person!

  2. The guys at my LBS looked askance because I wanted to buy a road bike rather than a cool mountain bike.

    I don't think it's unreasonable to pay $1,000 for a bike that really fits you. People spend tons of money on running shoes. It's the same principle, methinks.

  3. I think you are probably selling yourself short. You are able to do a half marathon and you are able to do a tri. Anyone who has participated in either of these sports KNOWS that the athletes come in all shapes and sizes (relatively speaking). If you think and act like what you are, people will see that and respect you for your accomplishments. Now come on . . . give yourself some credit!!

  4. I didn't even know that bikes could be that expensive - shows you how fit and active I am! But seriously, why would you want to buy a bike from people who are snobby? You know what you're ready for, and are worth taking the time to find both the right bike and the right bike shop.

  5. I spent $500 on my first bike and it was a great bike but not a great fit. Unfortunately, to get the Women's Specific Design, I need to budget a little more. I was happy to see some of the cheaper links nic posted, which gave me hope that I could find something good for less than I thought.


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