Wednesday, December 26, 2018

More old posts (drafts) about bikes: "Meine Bykes"

  • IF Club Racer- YES!- Beautiful in every way. A benefit from a public sell-off that will never happen again. The fancy Campy shifty bits make me nervous. I trashed a bottom bracket early on with no justification save a bit of rainy weather. I can't afford to replace the Campy finery. It petrifies me and limits my usage. I constantly fight between wanting to keep it sleek, simple and fast- NOT a festooned, mudguarded all-rounder- and making it a usable bike. I don't train; I ride.
  • Litespeed Blueridge- STILL!- A 700c all-rounder that saw a new life with a new fork, raising the front end and cancelling out some wheel flop and toe overlap. The new do-it-all, especially in the muck. Less expensive than the IF, less grand, but perhaps quite as fine in its own way. I suggest you all buy Avid Ultimates. Best canti brake by far, ever.
  • Cannondale 29er- In ex-wife's garage supposedly for son- Don't remember model; it's a dumb name anyway. Gets the job done on the trails. A little piggish with the 29er geometry on our tight local trails. Those with more run like at BrownCo love it.
  • Kona Ute- STILL, but not much used-cargo bike. Most rides in last two years, many of them short and succinct. Great bike.
  • Rawland Sogn-YES!- reddish-orangy one. 650b. Nice all-rounder. Looking forward to trying it out some more. As of now it's set up as my commuter/gravel bike.
  •  Rivendell QB- YES!- My one RBW. SS only, but fits me like a (large) glove.  I go through spats of riding it all the time and then letting it rest.
I see no need to get rid of any of these. They're paid for and in hand. It's close to Grant's magic 7, a number which I respect.

In flux:
  • SSFrankenTrek- It's worth $100 maybe, although I got a sweetheart deal on some wheels back in the day. Considering those maybe it's worth $200. Maybe I'll list it. Is it worth it to sell? SS. Good in rain, Beatable with no remorse at all. 
  • Surly Troll 16"- Selling the frame and starting over. Sold my LHT to finance the new toy and didn't like the loadability of the Troll. Need a true touring hauler. For me personally, Troll wasn't it. It's FOR SALE.
  • Bridgestone RB-1- A wall hanging piece. Nice stable ride but a racing frame with limited space and adjustability. Needs to go, although a nice memento of the '90s. Still a great bike. FOR SALE, although not listed nor prepared just yet.

  • Redline 26" SS Monocog. Teenager #1 has taken this over as his neighborhood bike. He thrashes it as it was meant.
  • Surly Crosscheck- prolly 2nd year model of  CC. Never quite comfy on it although periods of active use. I'm 5'7.5". Teenager #2 is currently 5'3". The CC fits him great, so sizing too small for me. It's not 100% ready to go for him, but can be in 30min. He'll have a used CC to run in the future.
  • C'dale 'Criterium' road bike- gave it to my uncle. He can keep it as long as he likes.
  • C'dale mtbike orange- for LHT $$
  • C'dale hybrid maroon- for LHT $$. Nice, lightweight commuter.
  • Bianchi found bike- ended up through food chain to Lithodale.
  • Bleriot
  • Rans Rocket
  • C'dale mtbike purple- stolen from garage. Ridden prolly 5 times with birth of first child.
  • C'dale mtbike turned commuter- black w/pink. Loved it. stolen from garage.
  • Trek400- sold to uncle-purchased back and turned into SS

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