I try out a lot of bikes and a lot of gear. That’s fun and I enjoy tinkering with different setups. It’s taught me a lot that I couldn’t have learned any other way, but it does have one downside – perfection. Now you’d think having a perfect bike would be great and in terms of riding it that’s true – where I get into trouble is once a bike is perfect or close to it I don’t want to mess with it. One perfect bike wouldn’t be an issue, but I’m starting to collect quite a few of them and that’s getting in the way of my tinkering!
Now I could sell them, but every time I did that [ie. Challenge Fujin SL] I regret it. Not only because I can’t ride that bike any more, but also because perfection was usually expensive and doing the same thing twice is harder to justify.
You could also say just keep ’em all. Sound advice in theory, but I am at the point with bikes, boards and gear that unless I get a 2 car garage I am at my limit for bikes. As it is two bikes live outside **gasp!** and our tandem lives in the dining room!
As a stop gap measure I am calling 2011 the year of the upgrade so I’ll focus on working on existing bikes rather than getting new ones – although one new one slipped in and I traded a single bike for a tandem. This is working, but it has it’s limits. Once I add the hammered fenders & dynohub + light to my LHT there won’t be a lot left to do as it will be freaking amazingly perfect…=-)
Here’s a rundown of my bikes that are perfect or near perfect:
- Surly LHT
- Surly Big Dummy
- Surly Pugsely
- Santa Cruz Nomad
- Bike Friday Tikit
- Bike Friday NWT
I’m not dissing my Bike Friday Tandem Traveller or my Boulder Bicycle All Road, but they are too new to get perfect status. They must prove themselves on the road and maybe next year they’ll be worthy!
For upgrades I’ve got the following projects on the go:
- dyno hub & light for LHT
- hammered VO fenders for LHT
- put super hard B17 on LHT to break it in
- put Jone loop H-bars on Big Dummy
- put dynohub wheel in Big Dummy and mount light
- put PR rack and Ortlieb O bag on Tikit
I’ve also got an Alfine 11 I need to build into a wheel and try out, but so far I haven’t decided which bike to use it on. If I could get a JTek bar end shifter for it I’d have a lot of options, but so far that’s not available.