I have always been impressed by the Moots bikes. My bike shop swears by them. Unfortunately, they're way beyond my budget. Perhaps when I'm done with medical school, I can look into Moots building my dream bike.
At the end of November, I purchased my first new bike in 20 years, then rebuilt it to my preferred specifications. For the last few months, that bicycle was my only source of transportation, as I don't own a car. Now it's gone.
I was taken out by a hit & run driver on Thursday, my little bike was destroyed. Compared to the bike, my own injuries are relatively minor, but now I'm left with nothing... unable to afford a new bicycle, and registered for quite a few events with nothing I can ride in them with. I should be happy that I'm alive and not permanently injured, but instead I'm devastated by the loss of my bike. The driver of the vehicle that hit me has yet to be found.
I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions about what I can do. I need something very lightweight, as the majority of my events involve climbing challenges. I don't want to give up on the events. I made promises to a number of charities, and I like to keep those promises. Moreover, nothing makes me feel more alive than when I'm on a bicycle.
Currently, I'm registered for:
Elephant Rock Ride (Metric Century)
Alta Alpina 8-Pass challenge (world's hardest double- 200 mi, 8 passes 20k+ vertical)
Triple Bypass (120 miles over 3 passes)
Bob Cook Memorial Mount Evans hill climb (I may as well make my debut to racing a challenge in itself)
Deer Creek Challenge (hardest century in the USA)
Charities I'm supporting this year include Colorado Neurological Institute and Doctors Without Borders. In addition, I make every effort to promote cycling among the students at the school I work at.
Can anyone help? Even if I could borrow something, that would be a start. I'm 5'3", so I'm looking for something relatively small. My poor ruined bicycle was 48cm.