My experience with cross bikes so far in Ireland has been either flicking through catalogues in stores with a stinted range where the owner points and suggests one without being able to provide info other than the bar code, and one time when I was told in the local bike shop that the only thing they had fitting my need was in the range of 3000 euro, it was a dawes touring reynolds 853 ultra galaxy. I politely thanked him for his time and nodded to the owner as I walked out the door thinking to myself I could probably walk across america for that much as for such coin expenditure I would hope the bike would have a built in computer similar to that of HAL2000 from the film 2001 space odyssey. With the ability to prevent me from stopping before a mile marker previously set at the begining of the day with added audio "Im afraid I cant let you do that Eoin, I think you know what the problem is aswell as I and Im afraid I cant let you do that." I will happily part with coin in the range of 1000 with a reasonable plus marker infront of it. I need something that will take me around Ireland and back before hobbling across The States next Summer without costing an arm and a leg... I need those for cycling. Help on bike suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Not that I mean to be a Shylock about it but considering I have simple wants. A novelty horn, a humorous tshirt to keep me going when the head hangs down and a bike. The only thing that should be a pain in my rear end should be the saddle, not the cost.