Now… my cycling bug continues and my new aim is to conquer long distances… I am reading “A ride in the neon sun” by Josie Dew (I love her and her writing!!! She’s so witty, funny, down to earth and really inspiring!) and she’s got a lot to do with this 😉 in a good way of course! I am gonna dedicate a post to the book once I’ve finished it…
And so I am looking to add a second bike to my family collection, plus I’ve got to keep up with PB who has three at the moment ; )
Pashley is great but her weight is noticeable on inclines, and when loaded up to the rim (which I would do if PB and I would go on cycling/camping trips etc) well she‘s hard work!
BUT finding something that feels right, comfortable and that I like is proving really difficult. I have a soft spot for mixte frames, and I keep scouring auctions sites and local ads for the right one to come along. But then all the techy bit of how many gears, the range of gearing (which I believe it’s more important than just simply how many gears), steel v aluminium frame, tires types, mudgards (which I want for sure) and rear rack etc come into play… well before I know it with all these questions swimming in my head, I am back to square one.
I have tested the Specialised Dolce racing bike, beautiful but not me.
I have tried the Trek FX WSD, but I like the Allen model more, but then is that too similar bike-type-wise to Pashley?!
Having tested both aluminium and steel frames I must admit I looove steel… what can I say, I find a steel frame gives me a very very comfy and steady ride, but then I know aluminium would give me advantage of lightness on inclines. But the Trek felt nothing special, I did not feel drawn to it. I know Pashley was ‘love at first sight’ (if PB reads this he’s gonna give me a funny look eheh!) but I know that I want a bike a feel affinity to it, especially as I want to start little by little but conquer distances, adventures and discovering my surroundings from a different point of view!
A decent brand new touring bike is nothing less than £500. I don’t want to spend this kind of money if I don’t feel convinced?!
And again I have a soft spot for second hand, vintage-y bikes… I like their elegant design, their history, I wonder what life they had before coming to me, who rode them, what adventures they had etc…
And then… then there’s the unexpected feeling of feeling like I am betraying Pashley if I get a second bike, feel like I have to reassure her that I won’t use her any less and she‘ll always be my No.1… how crazy uh?! But when you ride your bike everyday in all weather, in any road conditions, good times and scary times too, your bike becomes an extension of your body, a buddy of cycling adventures, an added family member.
So, I am thinking of getting measured up properly first… the other bad thing is that there just isn’t much choice for women, like me for example, I am petite, but my inseam is 32”, therefore petite frames like 17” feel incredibly small, but anything more than 19” (on fast bikes, my Pashley is 20”) and I feel I am too far/over stretching to get to the handlebars… now… I know someone may say get a custom built… but I don’t have that kind of money I’m afraid… one day perhaps…
So… to conclude I am little perplexed on what to do next… so I guess first stop is to get measured… then perhaps just keep on looking for a second bike that I could customise…
A part from a lot confusion, looking for a new bike is dead exciting!