Diary of a Lifestyle Cyclist and Tourer
I have several bikes in my shed, bedroom, cellar and conservatory. All very different. A carbon race bike that does not get much use. A fatbike gets more use than the carbon bike. A steel utility tourer with Rohloff hub and a cross bike in bits.
This morning I jumped on the steel steed and with all the snowy weather we have had recently a lot of salt has been put down on the roads. When I jumped on it this morning I knew something was not right. The Rohloff had spun around and the wheel was twisted. How? I do not know, it was running fine the last time I got off it! One thing for sure all the salt put down to combat the snow has not helped, even though I did give it a quick rinse before I put it away a few days ago. I had to hot foot it back to the shed. Choices, fatbike, no not this time, people might think I was riding it because of the snow and that had all gone. Cross bike in pieces, Carbon bike, it will have to be even though I really did not want to. I justified the decision with the fact carbon can’t rust as far as I am aware. Now, the race bike had been serviced a few months ago and not been ridden since….. Chain Snap eh oh that is easy to fix.
My point…. I came across the saying the number of bikes you should own is n+1, with n being the current number of bikes you already have.
Now I love this. I constantly look at bike websites and wish I had most of them. I am not into slick race bikes anymore so I can give or take them. But any sexy utility, tourer and everyday bike I am all over it! But due to space I have been on a mission to find the perfect one bike! Let me tell you I don’t think it can exist if only for the reason you need another bike to jump on to when your current one fails between your legs. It is a bit like having an AA membership if you own a car. You need a conveyor belt of bikes to go through in turn. One you are riding, one in the workshop and two in ready in the shed waiting to go. So if you are a lifestyle cyclist that needs a bike for commute, shopping and fun I will put a number on five bikes minimum.
Current Bike Project
The Cannondale cross bike that I have has been to battle with cycle touring and was showing the scars from a couple of coast to coasts and the excellent ride back from Spain on the Velodyssey route. It was an amazing trip. My partner her nine year old and myself all the way on the coastal route if you want to see beautiful things and jump in the sea then it is a must do tour. You can see how we got on in previous posts. Anyway the bike did an amazing job. The only problem is that the paint work got a bit tatty. So I have jazzed it up with a metallic purple powercoat which looks cool.
It is also getting built up in a different style. I am going for SOMA Sparrow bars. MTB 1×11 shifting and Hydro disc brakes. Brooks saddle. It will look the bee’s knee’s when it is built up. Some stuff is just starting to trickle through, so the tools are coming out.
So far the brakes and BB have come. The handlebars should be here in the next week. By the end of next week we should of seen some progress that I will share with you.
NHGS Cycle Fundrasier
Starting on the 15th July forty two teenage students are cycling the Way of the Roses route, coast to coast from Morecambe to Bridlington. It is 170 miles over some tough hills in the Yorkshire Dales. The really cool thing is they are carrying their own gear and cooking their own meals. Being completely independent and showing grit and resilience. It is the third time the school has done a coast to coast ride to raise money and the student manage to get about £10,000 each time the ride has run. Please show your support to the students and donate on their Money Giving Page https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/NHGSC2C3 Please share this link with as many people as you can, the students will really appreciate it.
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The profit, around £15 for each pair will go towards the C2C ride above. Please contact: Stewart Mitchell (Eyecare) LLP, 81 Godwin Street, Bradford, BD1 2SH, Call 01274 723362, http://sidneyfraser.co.uk/
Here to Help
I may be able to assist you in the following ways:
- You want to dust off your old bike and commute to work but want to build up some confidence.
- You would like a guided tour around Calderdale/Yorkshire.
- You want help setting up a local cycle club.
- You want to set up and host a cycle fund raising activities/event.
e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can talk about your cycling requirements. No harm in asking to see what we can do!