This is a shameless attempt to save the the most advanced civilization in
history from imminent self destruction by eliminating carbon emission,
dependence on foreign sources of fuel,obesity, hypertension and diabetes.
Cycling accomplishes all those things at once and helps us develop a better
understanding of ourselves, each other and our relationship to the cosmos.

Oh, horse puckey!
I like to ride bikes, have been doing it all my life.
The rest of that crap is just a fringe benefit,
and the blogosphere gives me a chance to share my interior
monologue with virtual rather than imaginary friends.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Springtime is crawling nearer

During the the past few weeks my attention to this Blog has suffered a bit from a couple of things, 
a family death which left a lot of loose ends taking my attention, a real estate deal and the total failure of my computer in the middle of it all.
Fortunately the family tragedy was not unexpected, the real estate deal was a relief and I had my ever trusty
tablet to bail me out when I really, really wanted to post something during all this running around.
It's behind me now and thank  goodness I have a new CPU to play with (Blogging by tablet is incredibly limiting) and I get to go back to the swing of things on a normal schedule and mode.
Tablets are not yet a good form of Blogging.  It's really tiring to write on them and photos are hard to import, but it was all a good experience because I will have to rely upon it for a couple of trips I am taking this summer.  I was able to learn the ins and outs of the software and know my limitations for later.
The days are getting longer, the air is warmer and I am heading north for one last weekend of skiing before the snow goes away.
A subject that comes up lately when I've been talking to bikeophiles is how many?
I've got four now that I use on a regular basis;
 my Dahon folder for train travel/loaning and emergency use (when others are serviced),
Byron, my daily around town steed,
my old Trek "roadie,"

and the Hunq, which I think of as the 
for big boys bike.
But as you notice I sense a gap in the lineup, but feel guilty like an American Consumer should, but doesn't.
I can't help but remember some friends who broke into hilarious laughter when I mentioned  that I had 
4 bikes.
"Have trouble riding those all at once don't you?" was their response.
Why would I try and where did that come from?
Oh well, I walked away hoping they didn't try to drive all three of their cars at once.
But the thought still lingers that I need something between the roadie and the touring/mountain/everything ride.
So how many is reasonable, where is line to be drawn?
I fear this
and take a long ride on the Hunq to make the image go away!


  1. My biggest gap has me itching too. 2011 Surly LHT touring bike all the way to a 1998 Specialized HardRock...
    Forgot to mention my beater too; a 1988 Schwinn CrissCross.
    Also, a 1999 Timberline MB tandem.
    Hopefully I can add an older Trek road bike --if I can find a deal on CL.

    Also, seriously thinking about a folder, but not sure I can settle for less than a Brompton. Their pedigree seems so far above the other folders.
    Significant other says no more bikes, but that's what she said when I got the second one;-)

  2. The Bromton's are defintely a cut above. I opted for the only one I found with 26" wheels, I'm very careful not to l look at the welds.