Alright, finally bit the bullet after hemming, hawing and evaluating finances relative to the desire to ride/race, after estimating as accurately as possible my utility function from a road bike constrained by time to ride this year and bank balance and after choosing the most appropriate Lagrangean multiplier – my constraints were binding so yes this is an optimal point – I won’t say it is a global optimum, but definitely a local optimum given the time period under reference (husband and I agreed to disagree on 3 years – I said 2 years, he said 5 years) that I will love and ride this bike with all my heart and legs, respectively.
What prompted it? Sale of course! Mellow Johnny’s had a bike sale this weekend. Which brought the entry level Trek 1.1. down to $599.99! Sandeep told me about the sale and so obviously I was noodling on the thought very excitedly. Then yesterday I got a call from Sandeep telling me the lowest price point. I’d been eyeing that entry level Trek (which is probably not as great as the entry level Felt but $130 bucks cheaper than the latter) when it was for $729 on retail. Now for most bikers, no need to get excited unless the components are amazing or whatever. But for my purposes, given that I probably ride less than 50 miles a month if that, it really didn’t make a difference. So I was definitely a price shopper. Yes I did some dynamic optimization by adding some value to future longer-distance riding but with the time discount rate applied, it still made me somewhat highly price sensitive.
Well the good thing is that when I went into MJ’s this morning, the 1.1. or entry bike wasn’t available in my size at the discounted price. So I climbed up a notch (so the components are a shade better, price differential being $230 on full retail price) and test rode the Trek Lexa S (and thus the name for the bike is going to be LexaS). I rode the 50cm and then the 52 cm. The bike felt great. To be frank I did try to compare it with the Scott I rode earlier from J&A and I couldn’t remember so I stopped trying. Also it makes a big difference when Bharath is with me than without. Even if I am 100% convinced about a big purchase, I still need him there to be the Devil’s Advocate. So he played his part, I stuck to my ground and we bought the second level entry bike for $769 (so almost equal to the 1.1. but a better bike). Both bikes at this level are not compatible with higher level components so the sales girl (Annie) did make it clear that once I bought this bike, I was stuck with it. The next price point was $1259 which I was clearly not even going to test ride (she tried to make me, lest I change my mind haha good try). That’s fine, I’ll be stuck with this bike and I will put at least 1000 miles (or 3 years, whichever later) on it before I think about buying a new one.
Well here are some crappy phone pics of the bike and yes, I do keep it indoors because it’s precious.