Ok.  So its time to replace the touring bike.  The Kona Sutra which went it’s own way late last year needs replacing.  Easy I hear you say.  Well not really.  When I purchased the Kona last year I was tossing up between that and the Surly Long Haul Trucker which as the time was a$1500.

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So I made a quick call to some local dealers here in Perth to find out what the availability was and what it was likely to cost me.  After making some enquiries I found out it was going to cost me a dam sight more than I first thought.  This is largely down to the World Economic Crisis, fair enough.  A would imagine most of the current stock would have been purchased when the $ was very week, hence the inflated price.

Here’s were it gets strange though.  Trying to get a firm RRP on this product is proving very difficult.  I have had a number of prices quoted me as RRP and none of which I’m sorry to say I believe from WA retailers.

Brunswick Street Cycles in Melbourne who are a great supplier of touring bikes and equipment tell me the bike’s RRP is $1999, WA retailers quote anything from $2100 to $2500, what am I to believe.

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Another quick call to BSC meant a firm price of $1800 which includes shipping to WA or anywhere else in Asuatralia for that matter.  The next best price so far in WA was $2200 from Churchill Cycles in Booragoon.  The guys there seem really together and knowledgeable, they will fit the bike, service it for a year and generally be there for me with my new purchase, something BSC can’t do as they are not local.

The question that I now face is do I save the $400 and buy from Melbourne or spend the extra and get it locally where I know I will get better support.  Its a real tough one.  As I have been drafting this post I have had a call from Martin at The Bicyle Entrepreneur telling me that they can do it for $2000, another dilemma.

So my question to you guys is do I spend the extra and get it locally or take the risk with purchasing it interstate.  Your comments please :-

Todays Excersise

August 5, 2008

Not much to report on the fitness front today, 36km morning bike ride, got the train home part of the way so only 17km on the return,

Total for day 53KM

Hundred Pushups

July 20, 2008


Decided that I am going to try the 100 pushup program.  I think it will be a laugh and hopefully improve my fitness in areas that the bicycle riding cant help.

details here 
Ill keep you up-to date on my progress