Thursday, April 12, 2012

Bike(s) doings...

'Tis the season of the year when Spring springs, cyclists starting planning out their post-winter cycling year, and everybody strategizes what to sell to fund further two-wheel shenanigans. As for me, I have a beautiful stable of bikes that has accumulated and accumulated and I'd like to cull down a bit. It's no different than what the other kids are doing here, here, or here. The last link is a self-referential joke; it's something I posted in November of '10 about selling 3 different bikes: Redline Monocog, Redline 9.2.5. and Rans Rocket, one of which I already did, the Rans.

I like to discuss selling things, but I must be impeded by some inherent laziness or dysfunction of some type. Dave and PJ constantly sell stuff and seem to pull it off with ease. Last time I tried to sell some wheels on CL I got one message and nothing more. This time I'm going to be a bit more thorough and proactive. Too many bikes. Too much choice. Too much waste. So...

I'm selling the Redline 9.2.5. I'm "recableing" it, tweaking the rear wheel a bit and giving it a cleaning and then it's out the door. I'll post when it's ready, which hopefully is soon. It's a perfectly good bike with low miles (only 208m since the start of '08) and has all types of suitable applications. I just don't need 3 SS bikes, plain and simple. So it goes. I would sell the SSFrankenTrek, but I doubt I'd fetch $100 for it, so it stays.

I'm inching closer to selling the Bridgestone RB-1. It's simply the case that I don't ride it. I bought it in the mid-'90s as a means to connect to an iconic ride, a very non-C'dale, non-trendy steel mount. It served me well for several years, but eventually I got the Blueridge with its greater clearance, triple, and options for racks and fenders. The RB1 sat about for a while until Lithodale took it for a 1.5yr spin and helped to infect him with the cycling bug. One returned, it has basically sat, or hung. Dave was going to try it at some point, but he decided it was too small, and my uncle- who now has my 22yr-old C'dale- wasn't interested in steel (silly him!).

That last bike to consider is the RBW Bleriot. It's been a great two-wheeled friend this past years, taking me on many a long ride, RCCS ride, my first two centuries, my introduction into the RBW ethos, my first machine that I *really* tolerated at distance. From 2008 to present it's my second-most ridden mount after the do-it-all LHT. That said, compared with my other viable options now, I think it's too small; that's the answer more than most. As soon as I purchased the QB in '09 I've felt cramped and even silly on the Bleriot. Based on top tube height and PBH and such, it's the appropriate size, but I prefer the feel of other bikes now. If I decide to sell, I will either sell it in its entirety or I'll use the parts on another 650b project that is more in line with size preferences.  Who knows? One at a time.


p.s. Per Nov.'10 post, the Redline Monocog is now the neighborhood bike for the 16 yr-old. It's absurdly simple and he's strong/fit enough to use it on any hill in the 'hood. It prolly needs some BB love soon, but it's a keeper.

4 comments:

David Crowell said...

I really wish the Bleriot were my size.

Tex69 said...

Alas, as you and I know, it's not, not close.

Pondero said...

The Spring Cleaning Fever seems aggressively contagious this year. Once I get some of my bikes/frames sold off, I'll be following up with parts/accessories (unless I get too busy riding to mess with it).

Tex69 said...

@Pondero, I hope you get too busy to mess with it!

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