While in town on Wednesday, we popped into Dingwall and had a look in the bike shop. The chap in the bike shop immediately started trying to steer Raffie to a woman’s bike. This did not go down well as Raffie is not a pastel pink, girly sort of girl. She is also 5’8″ with swimmer’s shoulders gained from hours in the pool as a teenage club swimmer. Having previously taken advice on whether Raffie should have a Woman’s bike or a Man’s bike, the general consensus is that at 5’8″, a Woman’s bike will be too small, and too short in the frame. Narrower bars and not an advantage to her, with the shoulder width. Raffie told the shop man that she was too tall for a woman’s bike but he was fairly insistant that a pastal blue and silver bike was the way to go for her. It didn’t have drop bars even, thank God it didn’t have a basket or there may have been bloodshed.
We decided to push off up the road to Square Wheels in Strathpeffer. There we met the lovely Steve, who asked us what sort of bikes we were looking at, what sort of riding we wanted to do and what our budget was. We told him and added the rider that Raffie would not be seen dead on a pink bike, thank you very much. We also told him that we quite liked the Giant Defy 3 bikes, carbon forks and all that. Not so sure on a white bike though for no real reason, neither of us particularly like white coloured things. We were told that they had lovely Giant Defy 2 bikes in stock at only £30 more than the 3s as they were on special offer. “good job” we thought and had a good old look. We liked them very much and Steve had one in both our sizes so we had a little chat then asked Steve if we could put a deposit down on 2 bikes. He was quite happy for us to do that and said that if we had the 2 bikes that we could have them for £600 each instead of £625. Result 🙂
We had previously explained to Steve, that we were saving for new bikes as we don’t do loans and we don’t have credit cards so we are saving like fury. We have nearly enough for one bike and would have enough for 2 bikes by the first weekend of September. 2nd weekend (Sat 10th) lastest. Steve seemed happy enough with this so we put £100 deposit to hold the bikes. We are going back tomorrow to add another £400 to the bike payment. We hope that I can have my bike next Wednesday, than I can keep up with Raffie on her tatty old mountain bike.
We are really excited about getting the Giants. Raffie is looking at the Pedal for Scotland event, we reckon that by Sept 11th, that we will be able to cycle 51 miles on our new bikes. Oh the excitement….