Anyway, the thing I'm wondering is what, exactly, do you get for the
extra money? I'm not knocking it, just curious as to what is the real
difference between a 100 quid ex-catalogue hybrid from the bike shop
down the road and the kind of (to me) esoteric hardware that gets
A world of difference in quality of ride.
I had a cheapy - an eastern european made thing in bright pearly pink that
weighed a ton. To ride more than a couple of miles was *exhausting* and any
incline was *knackering*. But it got me from A to B - but it didn't *encourage*
me to do more A to Bs and indeed try for A to C, D, E etc.
Then I got a better quality, lighter-weight hybrid. Instant doubling of mileage
without effort. The bike is still with me, in good nick, after 14 years. I
still use it occasionally.
I now have a Bianchi San Remo. To buy new these days you are looking at about
850 squid - see http://www.awcycles.co.uk/products.php?plid=1-0-21-1304
an older model (different colour, same spec as far as I can see - but I've got
a female specific saddle, mudguards & rear rack on mine). It is a joy to ride.
Plain & simple. It doesn't just "do" it makes cycling enjoyable, fun, a
Don't get me wrong, my old pink peril served its purpose, but the *joy* of
cycling was opened up to me in owning a "better" bike.
Just my 0.02 euros :-)
Cheers, helen s
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by getting rid of the overdependence on money and fame