Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Personal Stimulus, Personal Quest

So the tax man was nice enough to give me some of my hard earned money back this year. Just enough to justify anther bike! (tee hee) I have been working the Giant pretty hard for the last 14 years and I think it's time for it to move to the assisted living community of bike duties... the family bike. This spring I will be installing an IBert and taking it out only for those coveted family rides. Thus giving me the most burly indestructible family bikes around.

Onward and upward. I have to decide what to replace it with. To replace the Giant, a new bike would have to excel at touring, commuting, farmer's marketing as well as the occasional off road beat down. I am leaning toward an all purpose cyclocross bike like a Surly Cross Check. However something like the Long Haul Trucker is peaking my interest as well. A bit more burly and the longer chainstays give it a longer comfort range. It doesn't have to be a Surly, I am just using them as examples. Tonight I am stopping by Silver Cycles in Silver Spring to check out a Soma Double Cross and will post a report.

Please let me know if you have an opinion of suggestions for me. I am taking this bike purchase seriously as the opportunity only comes along every 5 years or so.



Blue-eyed Devil said...

Bikeman has the Voodoo Wazoo Once cross frameset on for about $500. Comes with a carbon fiber fork.

Got one on the way to me with the idea that I'll actually give cross racing a go next season. Stay tuned.

Blue-eyed Devil said...

Oh, and it has sliding dropouts, so it can go fixed, SS, or geared. Versatile!

Cycle Jerk said...

Ooh Very nice. This decision grows more difficult every day.

hackneyed sojourn said...

I've been riding the LHT for about a year, and I love it. It's easy on the body, relaxed, and heel clearance has never been an issue.

Blue-eyed Devil said...

Oh, but the Wazoo lacks rack mounts, etc., so I assume it's out.

Damn, is that Girven fork in the Giant pic still sucking air and pumping blood, or have you retired it?

Cycle Jerk said...

Still kicking ass! It's first ride was on the slick rocks trail in Moab in 97'.

It has taken a beating but never failed. It's like a brother to me. he he It's sitting in my office right now waiting for the ride home.

If you ever see one for sale buy it!