As I winterized my old Ibis Road Ti, I couldn’t help but think: It would be nice to not have to remove these fenders. I could keep this bike set up as a “rain bike” — a pretty common thing to have here in the NW. Of course, that would mean that I need a new road bike.
But really, that’s just the tip of the “bikes I want” iceberg. If I could build out my bike stable any way I want, I would have the following.
- Road / race bike (likelihood of happening: 70%): This will be my main rig, the bike I put thousands of miles on each year. It needs to be both light and reliable. Out of all the bikes I own, this would be the only one I try to keep clean. If I’m not able to swing getting a new road bike, the Ibis will have to be de-winterized.
- Rain road bike (likelihood of happening: 70%): If everything goes as planned, that’s what my Ibis becomes.
- Track bike (likelihood of happening: 100%): Hey, I’ve already got it. The real trick, now, will be me finding the courage to go out and lose with poise on the actual track.
- Matt Chester Fixie road / cross / supercommuter (likelihood of happening: 60%): Matt Chester, a friend of mine, builds heavy-duty, no-frills, emphasis-on-practicality titanium fixed gear frames: MTB and ‘cross. I’ve maintained his site for years, but it’s only in the past month or so that I’ve started understanding what he’s doing at a more than cerebral level. As I’ve started riding my track bike around town — and loving it way more than I expected to, I’ve started getting it: having a non-corrodable, bombproof fixed-gear bike that you can take on road or offroad equally well would open up all kinds of riding possibilities. Really, I could set this bike up with fenders and it could become a truly all-purpose, all-weather bike. A bicycle SUV.
- Cyclocross bike (likelihood of happening: 10%): Eventually, I’m bound to take up cyclocross. Bound to. Not for a while, though.
- Full suspension mountain bike (likelihood of happening: 100%): As I get older, I appreciate full suspension more, especially on endurance rides. Even as I write, the components from my old Fisher Paragon are on their way to UT, where they will be joined with Rick’s old Sugar 1. So I’ll be setting up a nice full suspension mountain bike for less than $500. That said, I’d really like to get a new mountain bike — something high-zoot with disc brakes and new XTR. I’d like — let’s face it — something that would make other MTB’ers envious.
- Utah trip bike (likelihood of happening: 50%): I travel out to Utah to go mountain biking with friends several times per year. To date, I have relied on friends loaning me bikes, but as I ruin their bikes, I’m running out of loaner privileges fast. I’m hoping that by the time spring comes around, I’ll have got a new mountain bike to keep in WA, in which case the Sugar will become my UT trip bike.
- Hardtail singlespeed mountain bike (likelihood of happening: 10%): All my friends are riding singlespeeds and talking about how they’re rediscovering mountain biking and falling in love with the sport all over again. I don’t want to be left out of the fun. On the other hand, my wife is going to have a conniption when she reads this and sees how I would fill our garage if she didn’t rule the credit cards with an iron fist. That said, this one can probably wait a little while.
That’s not too many bikes, right? I mean, most people have eight bikes, don’t they? Well, OK, probably not most people. But I bet that if I were to take a poll of the people who read this blog, it would break down like this:
- 30% — Own 2 bikes
- 20% — Own 3 bikes
- 15% — Own 4 bikes or more
- 10% — Own 1 bike
- 25% — Own no bikes. Found the site when doing a search on “best cake in the world,” stuck around for the pictures of fat, middle-aged men.
‘Fess up. Whatcha got, bikewise? And what’s next?
Today’s weight: 161