Many Bikes, Little Talent

I’ve cut down on bikes, that’s a bit like saying “I used to smoke 50 a day, but through sheer willpower, I’m down to 48“.

Update: January 2018.

Every year you’ll find this page long divorced from any one of recognisable reality. Instead it’s elbows deep in broken promises, ridiculous rationale and all sorts of fresh metal presented as clothes on an omnipotent emperor.

After 13 years of this blog, you deserve a little better. Any talk of ‘strategy’, ‘progression’ or even ‘alcohol based purchase insanity’ must be consigned to the bin of delusion, the skip of stupidity, the crash of commercialism.

Let’s instead cut to the chase. I’ve sold a hardtail and bought another one on the grounds my daughter could ride it. She’s ridden it twice. I’ve ridden it 28 times. So that works.

The Mojo slipped in under the a winter night and has been a pretty much constant riding fixture until the grim returned. At which point the whole ‘designed in California’ vibe has seen it relegated to the shed wall. Not before I’d sold the Aeris. Honestly finally won that argument – too much bike for me.

Then I bought a bike very similar to the Flare Max. Not quite sure but ridden it loads. Not ridden the Flare Max much. Oh and I found the road bike. And then sold it.

The door continues to revolve.

Mojo 3- brilliant but compromised. Fastest bike I’ve ever had.

Mojo3 with carbon wheels. It's finished now. Honest.

Heavy but so much fun.
Back in the Malverns

Jessie’s bike. Every time I ride it I realise how lucky she is 🙂

Last ride of my 40s!
Cotic Flare-Max. Sits behind the Mojo and the Smuggler right now. I expect that’ll change.

Cotic Flare Max. First ride 😄
Boardman Team CX. On Turbo Duty

Dymock Woods CX

DMR Trailstar LT.  Not ridden, but will never be sold. Essentially shed art.
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14 thoughts on “Many Bikes, Little Talent”

  1. How COULD I forget Roger? I assume this fine piece of Californian engineering is what you are dismissively referring to as the “girls bike”.

    Page amended. Although I’m concerned the PA may eat it.

  2. As a normal person that hasn’t bought a new bike since the SX trail(cos there is no better bike) . What is the technical difference between the Pace 405 and the New ST4 ? 6mm travel and color ? tyres ?

  3. Brad beat me to it, you have two more or less identical full sussers, which is one too many, even for you, besides which, you have the Hummer (meaning you don’t really need either of them)… Oh hang on, you can see my error? I’m applying logic to your bike choices…

    As you were…

    Liking the XR2 though…

  4. Let’s just get this straight before we start. I am not attempting to justify my random bike purchasing, but the Pace and ST4 ride very differently. One has big fat tyres, flats, coil forks and is much loved in big, rocky terrain. The ST4 has usurped the Hummer, so will be ridden for the rest of the time.

    I *expect*, having examined the tea leaves, to rebuilt the Cove and the ST4 and that would probably “do”. But why sell the Pace, I enjoy riding it, it’s paid for, 2nd hand values are rubbish.

    More bikes good, surely?

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