I am a bike snob but not proud of it!
I bought a Roubaix Pro about 12 months ago and as some of you may know I had a few problems with fit etc. However that’s now behind me and it’s as good as it gets. However last week I needed to take it in for a service and the LBS loaned me a Roubaix Elite which is the entry level. Well I thought it was great and half the price I paid for the Pro, ok it hasn’t got some of the refinements but it was good enough for my 40 miles. My point is entry level bikes give excellent value for money, but its snobs like me who pay the price for buying what isn’t always better for our needs. The Elite had 700x28 tyres and the ride was very smooth, as such (for £32) I fitted a pair and replaced my £60 Michelin Pro’s 3, no white walls to match the bike but a smoother ride!. Taking it a step further a guy I know buys a new bike every year, (he has 5 or 6) this year he bought a Saxo Banks and always wears Rapha gear. I guess you pays your money and takes your choice, I just wish I was one of those people who ride every other day on a £300 bike and enjoy every minute of it, but I never will be because I like to get the best I can afford even if I don’t need it!