Do You Like My New Chanel…Bicycle?

I generally spend any crazy holiday shopping weekend with a large stack of fashion magazines, some great DVDs, and heavy furniture moved in front of my apartment door. This past weekend was no exception. I did however manage to make it out to a few shops on Sunday after some of the “Black Friday” madness had subsided.
My favorite thing that I bought on Sunday was a new bike – or rather a new used bike. It’s a Sears bike from the 70’s with a slightly weathered white paint job and a comfy spring-loaded seat – it looks like one of those touring bikes that some European cities loan out to everyone for free. (It’s also a girls’ bike – I’ve never understood the whole painful-straight-crossbar-means-it’s-a-guys-bike thing…ouch!) For $65, I couldn’t be happier.
Imagine my shopper’s remorse then when I learned today that Chanel is making a bicycle as part of its Spring/Summer ’08 collection. Arriving in select Chanel boutiques next month, the 8-speed aluminum-framed wonder will cost approx. US$13,200. It’s so annoying to think that I wasted $65 when for only $13,135 more I could have the bike I really want. Don’t you hate it when you buy something (thinking it’s perfect) and then the very next day you see something similar but much better? I hate it when that happens.
As you can see from the photo above, the bike will have the signature Chanel quilting on the seat, chain guard, and two rear saddlebags. The bike also includes a theft-proof lock, which I’m sure will remain theft-proof on the streets of New York for about as long as it takes you to walk in a deli and buy a cup of coffee.

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