I've recently accumulated a lot of friends who cycle. I'm talking serious ever day cycle to work in the rain, snow and shine. I myself, would never be that crazy. Plus, by the time I got to work, I'd have to shower again. Because of my new friends, I found myself wanting to get out and about on my bike more often. Sadly, as sexy as my Trek is, it isn't an everyday lock up bike.
It is unfortunate that I am unable to hop on and meet friends whenever and where ever. I've also been spending a lot of time in Brooklyn these days and the NYC subway system, getting to Brooklyn at least, is pretty crappy. Especially on weekends! It is so much faster to hop on a bike and ride over a bridge. This minor dilemma had to change and soon.
One of my newly accumulated friends, Tess, is a big biker! Actually, she is really little but she cycles a lot. She recently became a new owner of a Trek Madone road bike as well. We typically ride once to twice a week, depending on the weather. Although, we did endure 20 miles in the puring rain around Prospect Park recently. It was pretty amazing until our fingers and toes started to freeze.
Back on topic... Tess has a fixed gear which she rides daily and an old road bike, which has been sitting in her basement for months. After purchasing her new road bike, she realized she didn't need this old road bike in the basement anymore. This is where I came in. On one of our weekly rides, I mentioned I was interested in buying an everyday lockup. After we stopped at a few stores to check out their used inventory, she mentioned she was thinking about selling her old road bike.
After a pit stop to her apartment for me to ride in circles around her basement a few times, I was in. Tess brought the bike over to Bicycle Habitat get checked out by Dave. Yesterday, after I received my tax return in the mail, I went and picked up the new old boy!
Here he is...
My new old Raleigh Technium 10 speed road bike with aluminum frame and drop bars!
Over the next few months I will be updating the new Raleigh. I think some new handle bar tape is in order. How sweet would leather tape to match the saddle look! Of course me and my expensive taste is at it again. The leather bar tape might have to wait!
In the meantime, I got the bike shiny, clean and ready to ride!
I spent an hour last night rearranging my apartment to accommodate both bikes. As of right now, the Trek is in his usual spot under the Burl wood frame and the Raleigh is in the Kitchen. Hopefully, since my Aunt and Uncle are coming down this weekend, I can convince them to help me move the Burl wood frame over the fireplace and I can hang the Trek on the wall in it's place. Then the Raleigh can hang out on the floor.
I figure since the Trek only weighs 15lbs, it would be easier to get on and off the wall than the Raleigh. Plus, the Raleigh is my everyday bike and will be used more often. I think this new arrangement will make the most sense. To top it off, I'm going to have some sexy art on the walls!
I can't wait to get out and ride today after work! Who want's to join me?