I’ve just signed up to do 2 charity bike rides, a 35 mile ride in Portsmouth in June and a 50 mile ride in Swansea in September.
I didnt really consider which bike I was going to ride them on. Obviously, I was going to ride them on my trusty steed, a Batavus Tricolore. Then the friend I’m riding the 50 miler with asked if I wanted him to find out if there was any road bikes in his group of friends that I could borrow. Ey? What?
My Batavus is a Road Bike. Designed to ride on roads. Dutch roads, however, so fairly flat. It has 24 gears, hub brakes, and high quality components generally (that’s what my British LBS said anyway!). I love it like I’ve never loved a bike before. Yes it needs a bit of TLC (my saddle froze to bits last winter, my left pedal creaks) but it’s a Good Bike.
So now I’m pensively looking about. Should I get another bike? Providing I haz no money really? I don’t know if an arse-higher-than-my-hands bike would suit me. Would I ride it? And if I do look out for another bike, I’d want it to be a more old fashioned type, you know made out of metal, and nice looking. So I’d almost certainly be looking at a second hand one, surely? Should I hire one to have a go?