It’s a perennial habit that I’m forever jumping between bikes (yet no two are ever complete at once). Parts migrate from frame to frame as frequently as I draw breath. I ride one bike for a few days, then cannibalise it to create another. It’s the curse of the bike geek and gear horder.
There’s 2 days to go before I leave for Peru to begin a 6 month journey… yet still I’m undecided. Ogre or Krampus or ECR? My friend Jeremy says: You’ll take the bike you’re riding the day before you leave.
And then, I tussle further: Carradice or Porcelain Rocket? Panniers or trailer? The truth of the matter, of course, is that any one of these capable bikes, with any one of a number of setups I obsessively concoct in mind, will take me to the places I yearn to go. Each may boast the subtleties of pros and cons – which, granted, make for enjoyable debate. But when the day draws to a close (and I’m tucked into my sleeping bag), any one of them would have done the same thing.
After all, it’s about the ride, not what you’re riding…
Any thoughts or speculation?
Thanks to the inimitable Gypsy By Trade for saddlebag advice and more.