spring is here and a bike conundrum
Spring is finally here! This week’s temperatures have risen into the 60s and bike rides have been absolute bliss. Bare legs, light-weight layers, sun… I’m reminded of how much fun summer and fall cyling used to be and am so excited for all of it to return. Bike rides to the lake, impromptu picnics on the campus green, reading outside in the park, and not needing a zillion layers for every trip taken.
In fact, I’m so determined to believe that Spring has come that I returned Nerp (my winter mountain bike) to storage in our basement and have pulled out Fiona once again. I love this vintage 3-speed Raleigh and I had tucked her away for the winter months to not ruin her paint with the salt on the roads and to spare her all the grit, slush, and dirt of winter riding. But I think we’re ready to be reunited and to enjoy Spring together.
I do feel a little excessive talking about Winter vs. Spring bikes and T. and I are very cognizant of the fact that we have far too many bikes for just the two of us. I’m embarassed to admit it, but we currently house eight bikes in our garage and basement. We each have our commuter bikes, our road bikes, our mountain bikes, and there’s his childhood Huffy.
I do believe that one needs different bikes for different purposes; I would never undertake a 70 mile day-ride on a mountain bike when a road bike is decidedly in order for that kind of venture. But a road bike wouldn’t do for a gravel trail ride and isn’t always the most ideal commuter bike either. For my commuter bikes, I want fenders, baskets, a comfortable seat, and possibly upright seating. I don’t need most of those things for weekend trailrides or for those times when speed (and not bulk) matters. Hmm… what do you think?
Do you own multiple bikes for multiple purposes? What is your minimum number of bikes to feel like you have all your bases covered? And if you only had to have one bike (yikes!), what kind would you choose?
I’m asking this as I’ve been thinking more about our future and pairing down the amount of items we own. As we’re adding a new little family member to our family and our accumulation of things increases, I’m tempted to simplify and pare down in other areas. We’re spoiled right now in having a lot of storage space (Midwest reality be thanked), but some of the destinations we have in mind for our future domicile would likely be in more urban spaces where square footage is pricey and space limited. So when the day comes, which bikes do I keep and take with me? Which would you leave behind?