As a kid I wanted my own bike, and so my parents took me to Toys”R”Us. We found the bike aisle, and I scoped out the selection looking for the coolest ride out of the bunch. Obviously I settled on the blindingly bright neon green Huffy that reminded me of alien blood (so cool). I yanked it off the rack, gave it a test run through the store, and minutes later it was purchased and mine. Take note: this is how buying a bicycle should be.
Now 15 years later and I am on the hunt for a bicycle and it is a nightmare.
You’ve got frame sizing, components, wheels, gears, brand types, and a million other details that are seemingly vitally important to making sure you purchase the best bike ever. To top it off they use phrases like “frame geometry” so that potential customers will develop chronic nose bleeds. I haven’t done math in years and they expect me to do geometry to figure out if my feet will touch the pedals?! Unbelievable.
Now here’s the thing…I could make all this terror go away in the blink of an eye by walking into my local bicycle shop. I could tell them what type of bike I am looking for, what my price range is, and they could make a recommendation. They could measure my legs and do the correct math to size me for the bike, and all would be well.
All would be well except for one thing.
I would pay a mountain of cash for a bicycle that could be bought cheaper online. I would have the assurance that the bike would fit me well and would be a good bike, BUT every time I went for a ride I would be thinking about how I could have bought if for 300 dollars less. For me, that is reason enough to keep searching online in this self induced bicycle buying tragedy.
So here I am searching for that top-of-the-line dream bicycle that will cost next to nothing. Occasionally I find a bike that fits close to the description, but I start worrying that I messed up the sizing formula and I’ll buy a bike ten sizes too small.
I’ll buy a bike eventually.