Excuse me? What's that you say? Too much?!? Well, hardly. I mean, even a family man needs to have something that he can really call His Own. And this would be it! I'm sure your wife would understand if you have to A) empty the kids' college fund, or B) alternate which child gets fed. No problem!
Still, I know how difficult these things can be. So maybe we should set our sights a little lower. Like down to around $1,000. In that range, it's surprising how good a road bike one can get. An example: Trek's 1200 ($1,050). It's a great little bike: aluminum frame so it's lightweight, Shimano drivetrain for reliability, and a triple chainring so you can grunt up those hills without too much effort while your legs get used to riding. Drop down a bit to $750, and you still can do OKthe Specialized Allez A1 ($760), which also has an aluminum frame and Shimano components (albeit a lower level component group than the Trek).
Go up to $1,300 and you can get a Fuji Roubaix Pro, a light, steel-frame bike which may be about the best buy in a good-quality road bike around. For one thing, the Roubaix has a full Shimano 105 group. Which is great stuff for the moneyin some cases 105 is almost identical to Ultegra, the next group up, differing only in the polish quality on some of the parts. Overall, Shimano 105 is an excellent group for riders on a budget. But the minimum you should consider? No, I don't think so. The Allez A1, for instance, uses the next level downTiagraalong with some 105. You pay a slight penalty in weight and "look" with Tiagra, but it makes the gears go click-click just fine.
So there you go. Run that Colnago by the family, and if they don't salute, then you can look like a helluva guy by having some good fallback options.
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