I only dance the shuffle
I love bicycles. I grow an unhealthy attachment to them. I find myself caressing the smooth finish of their top tubes, intricately lubing each chain link with the precision normally reserved for neurosurgeons, and I consider it a success when I can hide the panic and hyperventilating that accompanies locking a bike up outside. Now with all that said, I have no problem shuffling the bike stable when I feel it’s time.
In my last post before my hiatus, I bought a Tern Verge s11i folding bike. It looked cool and rode awesome for a folding bike. I ended up selling my smaller Dahon Curve D3 to make room (although, space requirements for a folder isn’t much). I liked that bike too but it was just time to shuffle. 18 months later maintaining S-1*, I let the Tern go for a more compact Brompton. I didn’t really have a good reason for swapping, it just felt like time.
My full size bike shuffle has been just as fluid. My Trek MTB was handed down to my little brother. This freed up the space for a lighter, faster bike to compliment my heavier Bridgestone commuter. I settled on a Soma ES. The steel bike allowed for fenders, racks, and wide-ish tires (up to 32mm with fenders). I had a few fun months zooming around until it became acquainted with a Camry – OUCH! When the dust settled, I was once again in the bike market.
I splurged on a Rivendell Sam Hillborne. I had intended to hold off on this dream bike until I finished graduate school. But, I reasoned that since I may not always be in such a bike friendly area, I might as well enjoy it to the fullest extent possible. It’s heavy and slow but boy is that ride smooth!
So there you have it. I’m sitting comfortably with three bikes: the Sam, the Brompton (Gizmo), and my trusty Bridgestone (who’s been gathering too much dust in our building bike room, sorry buddy). Do I still spend an ungodly amount of time looking for the next one, THE ONE? Sure. But for right now, I’m content and fortunate to have such a well-rounded stable.
Now time for some riding. But on which one?
*S-1: S = the number of bikes at which point your spouse will leave you therefore, you must always be at least one bike away from this number.