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: November 2012. There’s no easy way of saying this. My strong assertion – and not one that was not universally shared to be fair – that the perfect bike mix had been attained and further purchases were, not only not necessary but, never going to happen has been a little stretched.
Or possibly bent out of shape entirely. That’d be an excellent way to explain exactly how the ‘ugly stick of plastic and string‘ has passed into my ownership under cover of darkness. A state of non illumination which happily frames its outings into the wider world, where daylight would expose its hideousness to small children and those of gentle persuasion. The rather more beautiful Cove went the other way on the rationale that it really was a bit short when compared to the perfectly fitting ST4.
Obviously I’ve sold that as well. Seven years of bike ownership punted out the door to fund new and shiny. Before we get to that I’d like to offer up ‘woger wibble’ as a further sorrowful case for the eBay scrapheap. I wasn’t commuting any more, but really I wanted to try a new niche somehow yet undiscovered in my endless bike renting frenzy.
So in came a aluminium sister for the Plastic Boardman (a bike I’ve ridden exactly zero times in a year) which is way more fun that its road-bike meme suggests it can be. We’ve mentioned the ugly stick already and I’m really not prepared to say much more about it other than it’s a lot better to ride than look at. Which isn’t the most glowing of compliments – but actually it’s more than a bit okay. Bonkers long fork, fat tyres, slack head angle built into a frame that’s clearly been forged under the blue light of a gas-axe.
That leaves just the Cotic Rocket. Oh My. It’s lovely. To look at and to ride. Writing cheques in a currency of bravery of which I’m massively overdrawn. It isn’t super light, but it’s super fun. And I feel a proper fraud riding it. Next year it’ll be hurled down an alp or two. Maybe with me still on it.
Cotic Rocket. Rides better even than it looks. Well with a proper rider on it.
Ugly Stick. I don’t have many photos of this. I wonder what that might be.
Boardman Team Carbon. Still looks like that. Hanging a bike in a shed has that effect.
Boardman Team CX. Lots of fun in the local muddy woods. Gets there quick as well.
This update doesn’t include the new bike I built for Jess. But really, we’ve all stopped counting now anyway