I've always enjoyed cycling. About four years ago I made the leap from a casual mountain biking cyclist to the dorkdom of being a total roadie. I even had a phase where I thought if I trained really, really hard I could win a local crit. I never won and I also never finished in the main bunch so I did what any competitive young person would do. I gave up.
It was the smartest thing I did. Well, it was the smartest bike-related thing I did.
Firstly, I've got nothing against racing. In fact I might race again one day if I think it might be fun. But that's just it. So far I haven't had much fun racing because I always get dropped. There, I said it.
Why have I lost contact with the main pack? Because I'm slow.
Why am I slow? Because I have other things to do besides train like crazy for races so that I don't get dropped.
My work schedule is inconsistent and sporadic. If I don't work then I lose money, and that's worse than having to deal with getting dropped during a race. And because I can't train consistently for races there's no point in trying to race when I know I'll be unprepared.
So I've ended up riding my fancy race bike for fun whenever I have time. I've realized that pretending I'm racing is more fun than actually racing. Just like little kids pretending to shoot each other with Nerf guns is more fun than little kids actually shooting each other.
So now that I've admitted to being slow and poorly suited for racing I've decided to walk towards the light. The bright, dynamo powered light of the divine touring bike. Yes, they're pretty popular with old people but they can be cool too. Seriously. There's even touring-bike porn like this. Oh yeah, Fully-Loaded.
|Touring on the edge of legitimacy.|
You can avoid all this by just riding a bike with a simple trunk bag mounted on a rear cargo rack. Just stuff the jacket in the bag and you're set. Here's one that Rivendell sells:
|Parking your bike in front of straw is so 1799.|
So do you see the appeal of a touring bike now? Even if you're not hauling a sleeping bag and tons of extra gear you can always carry something extra to add convenience to a ride across town or a ride across the continent of Asia. So there. I'm gonna build a touring bike that's really cool. And you're gonna watch.