Yesterday, I drove my car, down to Virginia to check out a bike. It was 213 miles each way. It was a beautiful cycling day and I hated to waste it in the car, but for me, it was for a good reason. I have been wanting to add a Tour Easy Gold Rush to my stable. The problem is they come in 6 sizes and cost a boat load. I needed to check my size carefully before dropping so much money. I found what appeared to be a nice used one at a reasonable price on the web. The bike was a big disappointment. It was way too big and did not look well cared for. Fortunately, the shop owner had other GR sizes in stock and I got to check out more bikes. I was finally able to get on a small and take it for a test ride. I never road a Tour Easy before but new of their outstanding reputation. To cut to the chase, I was not feeling the love. Besides the bike being a bit too small for me, I found the ride too upright and not as comfortable as my old Stratus. After all was said and done, I thanked the shop owner for his time, and drove the 200+ miles home.
If I tell this story to non cycling enthusiasts, they would say I am nuts. For me it was time well spent learning what I like and dislike about potential bike purchases. I wonder how many other cycling enthusiasts have done the same.