Commuter diaries - The 1 perfect bike?

by Flo K   August 24, 2010  

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Is there such a thing, a one bike does everything perfect machine. I'm someone who has 1 of everything: a tourer, MTB (HT and Suspension), road bike, folder, but do I need them all. By having many bikes do I not spend enough time on any given one? Dilemma, which is my favourite (I know, it's a nice dilemma to have) and I guess I am spoilt by the nature of my work; but you know, sometimes I would just like, the 1 do everything bike that I will ride every day for the rest of my life, but maybe this doesn't exist? I have horses for courses, each bike is great for different reasons and they all have uniquely different ride characteristics. Thankfully I have space and an understanding family, can I slim the stable down, so to speak and spend more time on each bike?

That's the Winter challenge, "less is more" - John Ruskin

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I considered a 'decent' road riding folder like the Bike Friday Pocket Rocket, but they're super-expensive and realistically only getting used for the commute-got one of the cheaper Brompton models instead.

For my proper road bike, I did go down the compromise route though- its a Ti cross/touring frame, which means I get on- and off- road use out of it by having 2 sets of wheels. Not as light as some of my friend's carbon efforts, but then I'm no racer. Still - I wish I'd taken the option of S&S couplings when I got it built, to make it easier to take abroad; not quite folding, but getting there.

posted by bazzargh [141 posts]
6th September 2010 - 11:37

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