Ordered my first road bike!
After nearly 2 months of test riding & researching, I've finally decided on my (modest) dream machine: a Parlee Z4 with SRAM Force. Put the deposit down at NYC Velo and will have this baby in 2-3 weeks.
My favorite part was choosing the custom paint with their online configurator. I went for the Rapha aesthetic (I swear pink accents make you faster). The frame is built in Asia, but everything else is done in Massachusetts. I go to college up in Boston, and Parlee has a considerable prestige up there. It's well known without being too ubiquitous.
Time to buy some more spandex & start finding some roadie clubs!
and of course, watching the Tour the past 3 weeks had me dying for a proper bike.