Semi-productive day. I walked up to a nearby bike shop hoping to be fitted for a road bike. I honestly didn't factor in that they wouldn't offer that service at the location or that I would have to pay for that service. I don't know why. I am in the service industry. I should completely have thought of that fact before walking into the location. This shop charges $40 which I didn't know if was normal or excessive. Instead of relying on my bike guy, I did a little research of shops in the area based on a customer's suggestions. This guy is all pro-cycle and so he took the time to write down four shops that I should consider purchasing a bike from. All of which are in Scottsdale. Some of the shops are spendy based on their names--I think.
Anyways, I work in an area that is super bike friendly which is awesome and I want to start cycling more. I have a mountain bike that needs work. Jonny did a basic tune up and switched out my tubes. I road about six blocks and the back tire is flat. Since then, it has remained flat. I love this bike for nostalgic reasons and will get it fixed. I just want a road bike too. I think if I want to do a tri-athlon, well, I need a road bike.
I digress. I checked out four shops in Scottsdale. Almost all of those shops require a fee of $100 for a fitting. Yea. I think I will stay in Tempe. I just want to get fitted and then decide if I can find a bike on Craig's List. I don't want to have to buy a bike from the shop that I am fitted at if that makes sense. I can live with a $40 fee and some suggestions, of course. $100 seems a bit much in all honesty. And, keep in mind, I want a bike to ride, recreationally, and to and from work. I am not looking to sign up for an event tomorrow--cycling or otherwise. However, I want more than a cruiser and I would like some direction. My biggest issue is asking for help. I wish someone could hand me the perfect bike and I could start riding. I suppose we all have that desire to have something handed to us. It's not about entitlement. It's about taking the time to make it a priority instead of sticking to my daily routine. I took the first step by walking to the shop and getting the guy's name that I would need to make an appointment with. Fortunately, it is near my house and he will be available tomorrow. I still might just have a bike by Monday. We'll see~