I’m so excited! I’ve had my Cannondale 400 for about 5 years now, and it’s been good to me. But ever since I sold my car, I’ve started lusting after a new bike. After all, think of all of the money I’m saving by not having a car, right? What better use for that money than to get a new bike. But what kind of bike to get? My 400 does so many different things so well, it’s decent on the longer rides, can carry all the groceries I need, and it’s pretty fast. Still, I’ve got the itch to get a new bike, and I just have to satisfy it.
How about a super light-weight crabon fibre racing bike? Those things can cost anywhere from $5,000 on up, but I heard about a company called Neuvation that essentially puts together a lightweight frame with great components for around $2,000. They do it so cheaply by having essentially no marketing budget. So maybe I should get their FC7900:
The thing weighs less than 18 pounds! Imagine how fast I could speed down the East Bay Bike path on this! Well, I’d probably just scare the hell out of the out-of-shape Barrington residents as they cruise at 8 mph on their comfort bikes. Maybe not such a great idea… but maybe someday?
Well, how about a steel touring bike – something that would be comfortable for 75 plus miles, day after day that I could use for long trips. I could even go to the local frame builder, Circle-A Cycles. Just think, a bike built just for my body. No more picking something off the rack. I could even get custom color and minimal graphics like this one:
I’d be supporting a local craftsman, someone who is sought out for his custom work. And it looks like he makes some pretty sweet bikes. But the cost – a little steep for me right now.
How about a dedicated commuter bike. Something with internal hub gearing (great for being low-maintenance), and an up-right posture. Something like the Breezer Uptown 8 – it even has a chain guard so I wouldn’t have to worry about getting chain grease on my pants.
I could go crazy and get a big cargo-hauler like the Surly Big Dummy:
Or even crazier with the Bullitt S7 cargo bike.
Like I said before, I can fit all of the groceries I need into my panniers. About the only thing I can’t carry on my bike that I regularly like to buy, is a case of wine or a 12 pack of beer (two six packs are no problem with the panniers, but I prefer the thriftiness of buying 12 packs). So I don’t need either of those, although they look like they would be useful for people with large families. The bullitt can be equipped with a large box that goes on the platform.
How about a fixed gear or single speed? Definitely low maintenance and lightweight. And if I read one more article about how riding one is a total zen experience, I’ll puke. Before puking, maybe I should try it for myself? Something from uber-hip Mission Bicycles in SF?
Speaking of puking, how about that color combination I mean “colorway”? I’d have to use a 50 pound lock just to keep it out of the hands of the salivating RISD students. And oh yeah, I have to climb a big hill to get home no matter where I go, so maybe it’s good to have gears.
There’s just something magical about a folding bike. I could take it on the train any time. I could even take it on a plane. It’s just so cool that you can carry around a bike folded up into a little package like this.
But I certainly don’t need a folder. I don’t ride the commuter rail during peak hours (when only folders are allowed), and I rarely take my bike with me as it is. Also, the local buses (which cover the entire state) allow full-sized bikes at any time – I should take advantage of that some more and explore other parts of the state.
So, I’ve ruled out all of those other bikes… for now. I may return to one of them for my third bike. In the meantime, I have finally acquired my second bike. And by “acquired” I mean it was left with me by a friend when he moved away because he didn’t want to truck it with him. Check out this sweet ride!
Purple and rust, now that’s a hip colorway! Check out the front brakes:
Those brakes look a little side goggled. It’s hard to show in a still picture, but the front wheel is completely out of true. I don’t know how my friend let the bike get in this condition. But the bottom bracket still looks beefy:
Well, beefy and rusty. Now what do I do with it?