A bike for life

This is the start of a new series of blog posts: “A Bike for Life”. It will follow my plans and choices for a new bike, one for the rest of my life.

I have already blogged about how my Trek Pilot 1.2 worked brilliantly for my 11 day Lands End to John O’Groats ride.

However, I have also blogged about how my goals, plans and dreams for the future are quite different, some of the more immediate plans illustrate this nicely. At the same time we harbour dreams of rides like Eurovelo 6 (the Altlantic to the Black Sea:  3,653 km and 10 countries following some of the key European Rivers).

For these things my Trek Pilot is no longer the right bike. Even while riding LEJoG things that worked for that distance and time frame were obviously not so good for what I plan in the future (and I’ll go into these in more detail in these posts to show how they influence my choices).

I have also been inspired by Rob Penn’s book and TV Show “It’s All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels“, but my needs and desires are quite different.

So I am starting a journey of my own to my “Bike for Life”. Not the only bike I will have (for example I still need my Bullitt Cargobike and I still want the Tandem Recumbent Trike to ride with Jane) but the bike that will be my main bike for everyday transport and that will be great for long day rides and longer tours. A bike that will last me as long as I can ride a bike (and still be running beautifully beyond that).

I am going to write blog posts about each of the key choices I am making and then later about how they turn out in reality.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

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