Long complicated story that ends with my future son in law using my ego against me in a very successful and highly sophisticated psychological manner Basically a double dog dare And now I am riding a bicycle in some fucking charity thing for like 6 goddamn hours in a day, which is more than I was riding in a week last year before I got bored and quit altogether. I have a mountain bike and a BMW. Apparently the rules do allow one to ride an R1100RS in this raise money for diabetes thing. I checked. So now I need a damn road bicycle Wanted to keep it under a stack, but apparently that does not buy a lot of bicycle anymore Which is insane, but that is not the point. So I Kick up the budget a few bills and take a look a the 2011 raleigh clubman Around 1100 retail, less on the real market http://www.raleighusa.com/archive/2011-steel-road/clubman-11/ Fenders, eyelets, brooks saddle, 9 spd tiagra and a sweet as hell BRG paint job May not be any 11's left but the '12 is a 10spd tiara in a blue but much closer to msrp Raleigh is making some very cool steel bikes now I came pretty close to buying one but found a good deal on a 2011 record ace, just a couple of hundred more than the clubman. And hundreds of bucks below list Not crazy about the tighter geometry but ultegra bits might be slick That it looks straight up fucking cool helps Lugged steel, brooks saddle and flat crowned forks. Looks it was delivers here via time machine and upgraded with slick as hell shifters. Guess I am gonna have to ride the fucker once it gets here if I buy this one. http://www.raleighusa.com/archive/2011-steel-road/record-ace-11/ I am 6'00" with 31.5 inseam and I am fat as a house so I'll look like a bear trying to fuck a beaver on either one Looked at a salsa casserole. Here's the thing on that one, I ain't riding a bike called a casserole I ama grown goddamned man and i am completely uninterested in some TDF wannabe looking alumacarbon thing. Those are for children and people who count calories and whose recovery drink of choice probaly isn't a beam and coke I want a real live honest to god steel bike. Good enough for a cutter, good enough for me.