I can’t believe it – I’ve now spent more on a bike than a digital SLR body! How did this ever come about? Why didn’t I just buy a D700 🙂
After a year or so of pushing my Diamondback Apex mountain bike around Perth and 6 weeks of rides increasing from 26kms to 40kms, I’ve decided to take the plunge and get a road bike. A little zippy carbon one with a 105 groupset and entry Mavic Aksium wheels. I’m sure that should be more than I need for the next few years! (Don’t tell wifey that there’s even more expensive bikes and components to upgrade to later!)
So which one?
I really couldn’t decide. All I know is that my budget was just over the $2k mark and I wanted to get the best “bang” for the buck, so after considering the Merida Road Race 905-COM, runout Cannondale 6 Carbon 5, Trek 2.3, Felt F75 and Giant TCR Alliance, I decided to go with the Malvern Star Oppy C5. Yep, the brand name might be shunned by experienced rideres, but I couldn’t find a better deal – I really don’t know how Malvern Star are doing it besides just not making as much profit as other companies.
For anyone who’s reading this who is thinking of getting a road bike, just remember that there are accessories to add onto the cost – like clip pedals, shoes, pump, tube, drink holders, clothing, etc. It all adds up!
Looking forward to my first big ride on the weekend!
By the way, if you’re interested in looking up prices to compare, the best place I’ve found so far is here: http://www.bikeexchange.com.au/