My goal all along was to get this damn Colorado race out of the way so I could do something else but.....NO!!!!!! I have to have some jacked up teeth!!!! Oh well. I truly do want to finish what I've started (regardless of how many years later it will be) before I move on to the big show. I really wanted to ride the Orbea to Durango for no other reason than it's what I set out to do it on. For the Tour Divide I kinda want something special for a frame. Anyways...I been looking around. My buddy Tim thinks I should be able to get 600 for my frame and I'd be fine with that. For TD I'd actually like a steel bike.
But I don't really want a steel bike for the Colorado Trail. So I've been kinda torn. The Surly Karate Monkey is way affordable but it's a TANK. I keep looking at something from Dave from Victoria Cycles but I just can't afford to go that route right now I looked at Spot Brand (the Rocker Geared). I can't believe those knuckleheads are asking 1400 for an off the shelf steel frame with a 1 year warranty. How they find dealers is beyond me. The Salsa El Mariachi is really nice and I'm looking at that a bit (LOVE the blue just having a hard time getting past the dropouts). I've looked at the Vassago Bandersnatch and want to look at it harder when Heather and I go back home so I'll go to see those guys at the Hub. I've looked at the Siren John Henry but I think that's one of the ugliest frames I've seen (sorry if you ride one). And lastly...I'm also looking at a frame from........Price Point. I know. It's really not a bad looking frame though. It's aluminum but it's so cheap. It's 199 and Giant is making it. I don't know. I'll probably hang on to the Orbea and decide later on. I'm so picky. I do like that Salsa though but I'd like to see one up close.