I’ve styled myself as hobo biker on my blog profile. I actually live pretty comfortably though. House in the burbs, two cars, a camper, bunch of kids running around. It’s definitely the suburban dream. My hobo-ocity really only applies to my bike buying tendencies. Or, maybe I should say applied.
I always sort of felt resentment over what companies charge and what people pay for bicycles. They’re such simple machines really. It always seemed silly to pay higher than a hundred or two for a bike. After all, what’s the price of scrap steel or aluminum?
To that end, I’ve never spent more than 30 bucks on a bike. They’ve all been used and some in considerably worse shape than others. Probably each bike has been less than $50 by the time I get them road worthy. That old timey 3-speed went on the road with some parts from my GOK pile and a new chain. Oh, and I repacked the bearings so I guess some new grease too.
But the Bike Lust got me this summer though and bought an entry level KHS road bike. It’s used, probably a couple years old. I got it from http://www.backpeddling.com/. A store I really highly recommend and will visit again and probably write about another time.
I classify this bike as the Honda Civic of road bikes. It’s sporty, but no Ferrari. It does have some speed advantages over the Raleigh. The tires are 125psi. The frame is much lighter. Shifting can be done without changing hand position from the brakes. There are 16 speeds with high gear much higher and low gear much lower than the old 10 speed.
I tell you what I miss about riding the Raleigh with the straight bar and pannier rack on fitness rides… The equipment check from riders on the other side of the road. When they glance sideways as we sail past one another, now they see a fellow rider. They used to see a misfit.
But listen it’s not a spandex blog. I promise not to turn it into one (my part anyway) if I can get comments from readers (or riders) about their current riding inventory. Don’t forget the photo links.