I had a nice spin this evening around the metro park loop. One of the many great things about our location is that we're less than a mile from Glacier Ridge Metro Park. They have a lightly used multi use path running through the park, and from our house it makes a nice ten mile loop. Especially for afterwork or weekday morning rides, it's a pleasant way to get away from traffic.
I did ten fixed miles on ye Olde Trek, stopping at a vernal pool for a picture:
I was rolling along in a happy mood because I had just sold my Niner frame. With my bike budget solidly in the black again, it was fun to chew through some possibilities:
I need a mountain bike. I have my Krampus and my FSR, and maybe my Breezer, if it goes that way. I want, perhaps, a Chinese carbon frame, or a super blowout, half off 2013 Salsa Spearfish 3... even though I've already had a Spearfish and was just whelmed by it (not overwhelmed or underwhelmed, just whelmed). I don't really want the Spearfish, but it's such a good deal! I feel like an alcoholic staring at the bottle, knowing I would hate myself for giving in. So I won't. But a Chinese frame with a carbon fork, a 3" Knard up front, a 2.4" in the rear, and a 1x9 or 10 setup? That's got some real potential.
I really need to try out the Krampus on some real dirt. I have an idea that after trying out the big rubber on it, I won't be able to go back to normal sized tires. That might squeeze out the FSR, but make room for some 26 x 2.75" Dirt Wizard tires for the Breezer.
I need a road bike. I have ye Olde Trek and my trusty CC (sometimes). In many ways, the Trek is perhaps better for me than the Cross Check, at least due to its flexier tubing and lower trail front end. But the CC wins on tire clearance, braze ons, and sentimental value, and maybe I just want a low trail fork for it. I also kind of want to turn the CC back into a fixed gear--I'm not super happy with it as a utility bike, due to the tall standover.
The oddball part of me also wants an ERB frame with the super light scandium wheels from the FSR and some 2.3" or so fat and supple 26" slicks. Quick, light wheels, disc brakes, a springy feeling frame... it could be a lot of fun. Or a disaster, and I worry the resale value on the ERB would be just about zero. But it's just $350 shipped, about what I'm clearing for the Niner...
I need a city bike. I have the Novara, the Breezer (sometimes), and the CC (sometimes). I want to sell the Novara (see the note about limited resale value above), so I can make room for the oft-mentioned Velo Orange Carmargue. The VO is not quite perfect--I would give it a bit more bottom bracket drop and quite a bit more head tube--but it's very close to a custom I drew up a while back and almost went with. I'm also tempted by the Specialized AWOL. Both it and the VO are similar to my Fargo, a bike I really enjoyed, but with lighter tubesets.
So potentially I could end up with:
- mountain: Krampus (or a Chinese carbon frame)
- road: CC fixed gear
- city: VO Carmargue (or AWOL)
- alternate: Breezer or ERB
Three is my ideal, but four is doable. The problem is, there's an infinite number of ways to get there, and I'm trying to find them all.
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