I've been spending a lot of time searching around the internet lately, trying to figure out what bike I'm going to be spending my daughter's college fund on. I've found a few intriguing prospects, and I've also come across a few that I know are off the list. Of those bikes not being included on the list, here's the first one:
|The new Felt DA (picture taken from FeltBicycles.com)|
Sure, that is one awesome looking bike. In fact, I can't look at it too often because my heart starts racing and I feel like a bank robber seeing the inside of a vault. Maybe I feel that way because this bike costs $12,499 (MSRP, according to Felt's website). Over twelve thousand dollars?! Yeah, I'd love that bike and probably have it buried with me when I die, but I do enjoy being able to eat on a daily basis, so I'll look for a cheaper bike.
Here's another bike that isn't making the cut:
|The Scott Plasma 3 (photo taken from TriSports.com)|
Yet again, another beautiful looking bike. And yet again, a bit out of my price range. This bike comes in at $9,999.95. Why not just round it up to $10,000? You're not fooling anyone with that five cent savings. This price, by the way, was taken from TriSports.com.
I'll tell you one thing I've learned from searching for bikes: I now completely understand why the general assumption is that Ironman racing is a "rich man's" sport. Searching around for a tri-specific bike is crazy! As with everything else, though, there are the more affordable versions of each bike (which is more what I'm looking for...not a bike that requires me to take out a loan).
The list of bikes that I'm looking at really hasn't been formed quite yet. I've more just got a sense of what I can and can not afford. Once I have a price figured out, it'll come down to finding which bike provides me with the most bang for my buck. One budget bike that I know I am, for sure, not considering is this one:
|This is an Iceland Bike!|
Although, if I could figure out how to throw on some aerobars and some water bottles, this bike may not be so bad!