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: December 2016.

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 10 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. The fat bike was nothing more than the gateway drug to the call of the chubby and everything else fell to the wayside. Except my road bike per which no longer have any direct ownership. Lent it to a mate. He lent it to someone else. No idea where it is now. Probably for the best.

Oh details then. Dune, skinny stache and Pyga have gone. Chubby stache and Flare Max sort of took their place. For a while anyway

The door continues to revolve.

Cotic Flare-Max-new. Will get old the amount I’m riding it.

Cotic Flare Max. First ride 😄

Trek Stache Chubby– fun, fun, fun on both 29+ and 27.5+. Obviously I have both.

Enlongened Chubby!

Bird Aeris – still going 4500km. Not ridden since the chubby entered the shedofdreams(tm)
Bird in the Trees


Boardman Team Carbon. Not quite sure where it is.


Boardman Team CX. Basically a pub bike, ridden a total of 50km this year. That’s 50km more than the road bike.

Dymock Woods CX


DMR Trailstar LT.  Not ridden, but will never be sold. Essentially shed art.

Sold Jess’s bike as well as she kept growing. But coming up 16, bikes are not here no. 1 thing right now…

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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